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A Window Into Our Souls ? Maybe !

About four years, ago I had met a person who is from Russia. We have a common interest in our family's sports. In a conversation one day on good, evil and the temptations that try men's souls; he recommended I read "The Master and Margarita." The first two chapters lock...
About four years, ago I had met a person who is from Russia. We have a common interest in our family's sports. In a conversation one day on good, evil and the temptations that try men's souls; he recommended I read "The Master and Margarita." The first two chapters locked me in. The setting of Pontius Pilate in a private conversation with Christ prior to his execution, was a concept never presented to me before. I would like to believe that such an event occurred. I enjoyed the transitioning in time through out the book. Reading Bulgakov's book has only cemented my thoughts that Hell is real and it exists in our minds. I was surprised at the way Bulgakov presented the Devil (the character Woland). Controlled, not "fire-breathing", an individual with total confidence in his agenda; collecting souls. What I noticed in most of the encounters was the always present "option" presented by Woland through his underlings; to do the right thing or follow the temptation.
I felt no compassion for Margarita. I feel that Margarita and The Master ended up as they were from the beginning; lost souls.
My high point of the book was in the final chapters when Levi delivered Woland(The Devil) the order from Christ on Margarita and The Master. Even the Devil must answer to someone. Good does win out over evil.
This was the first time I ever reviewed a book. I hope you enjoy this book. Thank you for taking the time to read my review.

posted by Hirlau on July 20, 2009

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16 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

Dissapointed

I was looking forward to reading this book on my Nook and was sad to find it was not an English translation. It would have been nice if they said so somewhere before l bought it. Nook doesn't offer this book in English so it's off to the public library.

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  • Posted July 9, 2010

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    Strange read...magical realism?

    I think if the reader can get through the first 100 pages you'll be ok. I do not see that it is the greatest Russian book of the 20th cent. There are good descriptons of characters and relationships. Bulgakov had issues with the USSR and that may have been because he joined the Whites the conservative reactionary anti-communist pro-tsarist side of the civil war. So of course he was going to get some flak. Thank you.

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