The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Bulgakov's Satan is a trickster, rather than an angel with an axe to grind, and that alone makes this a very refreshing read. Add to that the speed at which plot threads appear, twist, weave, and then sometimes disappear altogether make this a book that challenges you to stay caught up with it, and you have something quite unlike any other book I've ever read. My only criticism, and this is the difference between 4 and 5 stars in this book, is that the middle third of the book reads a little like a collection of short stories, or maybe a serial bound together - it's episodic compared to the smooth flow of the beginning and end of the book. It's a small flaw, but in a book that's as much about pacing as it is about character, it stood out.
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