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On The Beach by Nevil Shute 12 35.29%
The Master And Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov 22 64.71%
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Old 06-02-2011, 02:25 AM   #31
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I've only read 2 chapters and the second was absolutely riveting. I'm not sure what purpose the story of Jesus and Pontius Pilate is going to have for the rest of the book but I devoured it.
Like a number of themes and traits, Bulgakov might have modeled it after Goethes's Faust.

This is what I copy/pasted from an essay about Faust that I received as a private communication.

... In the second part, however, many find themselves in foreign country – much like the science fiction of the 20th century – as the established narrative seems sunken into the ground and the characters suddenly move from Antiquity, through the Middle Ages and into the future. ...
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Old 06-02-2011, 03:16 AM   #32
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I'm kinda wishing that Bulkakov wrote a whole story on the passion of Christ. I'm sure I would have found it an immersive experience.
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Old 06-02-2011, 06:24 AM   #33
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Old 06-02-2011, 07:47 AM   #34
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:20 AM   #35
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Old 06-02-2011, 10:25 AM   #36
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I found a couple of interesting ressources:

http://www.masterandmargarita.eu/en/index.html

The myth of Goethe's Faust in The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov

http://www.cliffsnotes.com/study_gui...pageNum-1.html

I also searched high and wide for a free full version in English of Goethe's Faust, but found only the first part.
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Old 06-02-2011, 11:16 AM   #37
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I found a couple of interesting ressources:
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I also searched high and wide for a free full version in English of Goethe's Faust, but found only the first part.
Will this work?

http://en.goethe-faust.org/
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Thanks, but unfortunately they've never put the text of the second part online. Only prepared space for it.
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Old 06-02-2011, 11:53 AM   #39
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Thanks, but unfortunately they've never put the text of the second part online. Only prepared space for it.
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I found a pdf copy scanned in Google books. Just put the following in the Google books search engine and you should get it. "Goethe's Faust, Part 2
By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, John Bathurst Deanne"
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So the discussion has already begun?
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Re the Christ story within the story, I'm not sure yet how it relates to the story as a whole, but I did read in one of my books that when he was writing this book Bulgakov was reading several historical christianity texts that approached Christ from a historical rather than religious perspective. That explains why many of the Biblical trappings are eliminated from his version.
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So the discussion has already begun?
Not me. Just preparation so I actually have something to say when we start on the 17th
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I found a couple of interesting ressources:

http://www.masterandmargarita.eu/en/index.html

The myth of Goethe's Faust in The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov

http://www.cliffsnotes.com/study_gui...pageNum-1.html

I also searched high and wide for a free full version in English of Goethe's Faust, but found only the first part.
Here is another good source for The Master and Margarita.

http://cr.middlebury.edu/Bulgakov/PUBLIC_HTML/
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