The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Reviewed by Daryl
In your own words, what was the book about?
I’m not sure I could say—that could probably be a book unto itself—but for me it spoke to love and art and Russia and devotion and the soul and cats. The plot begins with the Devil showing up in 1930’s Moscow and then eventually ends up in the sublime.
Describe something that surprised you about the book or something that has stayed with you:
There is a scene in the second or third chapter where a figure that is Pontius Pilate is told by Jesus, before he is to be condemned to crucifixion, that all power is a form of violence. It was a powerful and thoughtful scene and a very powerful articulation of a simple yet novel—to me—idea. That one line of dialogue is something I still think about.
Please share any thoughts you have about the book or the experience reading it:
I thought it was a wonderful book that envoked in me both the extremes of laughter and tears. Not only that but I also got the sense that it had within it tremendous insight and wisdom. Like I think the greatest of art does, it articulated and spoke to something within me that I had not known was there, something that had hitherto always been slightly beyond the recognition of my own heart and mind.
Would you recommend to another reader?