The Master and Margarita

Mikhail Bulgakov
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Magical Realism Might Not Be For Me


A long novel chock full of allegory and fantastical adventures. While I can appreciate the slapdash humor and tongue-in-cheek sarcasm, I'm finding the more that I read it, I don't really enjoy Magical Realism as a genre. When incredibly unrealistic events happen, it destroys my suspension of disbelief and I get pulled out of the story. I'm sure this is a fault of mine and, in fairness, I can't lay the blame for that on Bulgakov.

All the same, many of the characters in the 'Moscow' portion of this story made some very strange and illogical decisions and I found that irritating. On the other hand, I enjoyed the 'Pontius Pilate' portion of the narrative much more.

I'm glad I read this classic Russian novel but I doubt I will ever read it again.