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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, 05:51 PM   #46
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Here is another good source for The Master and Margarita.

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

Excellent. Exactly what one needs.
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Old 06-02-2011, 06:30 PM   #47
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I've just started reading M&M - have no idea where it's taking me - but it's keeping my interest.
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Old 06-02-2011, 06:55 PM   #48
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I've just started reading M&M - have no idea where it's taking me - but it's keeping my interest.
About 12 chapters in and I'm still not sure where it's taking me.
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Old 06-02-2011, 07:50 PM   #49
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About 12 chapters in and I'm still not sure where it's taking me.
Leave breadcrumbs so I can find you!
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Old 06-02-2011, 09:00 PM   #50
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The introduction is 12 pages long! I got bored with it after 5. I'm moving on to the story now. I'm hoping I'll enjoy the story enough to make me want to go back to the into.
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Old 06-02-2011, 11:08 PM   #51
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The introduction is 12 pages long! I got bored with it after 5. I'm moving on to the story now. I'm hoping I'll enjoy the story enough to make me want to go back to the into.
Now 14 chapters in and I still don't really understand what's going on. But... The writing is amazingly good and my only advice would be to try and stick with it. And look at some of the links provided by Ea and Hoyt Clagwell. I have a better understanding of some the allusions and references because of them.
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Hey, i just came across this and registered to participate! What an excellent idea!

Just got the book, going to start reading!
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Old 06-03-2011, 01:33 AM   #53
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I don't know either book, and what their like, so purely on Title Appeal I vote for "On the Beach" ... Unless we can sneak 1948 in as a suprise entry !!!
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Old 06-03-2011, 07:12 AM   #55
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Kevin, the vote ended two days ago We're in full swing reading "The Master and Margerita", which we'll start to discuss on the 17th june.
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Old 06-03-2011, 12:58 PM   #58
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The introduction is 12 pages long! I got bored with it after 5. I'm moving on to the story now. I'm hoping I'll enjoy the story enough to make me want to go back to the into.
I gave up on the introduction, too. It's probably more intersting once one have read the book. The book itself is great. Yesterday I read four chapters and I can't wait to find out what will happen next (been busy all day).
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I gave up on the introduction, too. It's probably more intersting once one have read the book. The book itself is great. Yesterday I read four chapters and I can't wait to find out what will happen next (been busy all day).
In my edition, Richard Peavar wrote a useful introduction, about Bulgakov, and about the development of the book.

Bulgakov started as a play writer, a man of theater. It shows in how he introduces the characters, visually. Great descriptions of key elements.

The development of the novel, that in its completed form is complex, was rather simple in its founding.
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Bulgakov started as a play writer, a man of theater. It shows in how he introduces the characters, visually. Great descriptions of key elements.
You're right - the way characters are introduced does seem like it's done to help stage a play.
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