The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

Hello, my lovely readers!
After being recommended this particular book again and again by a friend, I fianlly had time to pick it up. Let’s see if it really is as great as he lead me to believe!

The Plot (as found on Goodreads):

One hot spring, the devil arrives in Moscow, accompanied by a retinue that includes a beautiful naked witch and an immense talking black cat with a fondness for chess and vodka. The visitors quickly wreak havoc in a city that refuses to believe in either God or Satan. But they also bring peace to two unhappy Muscovites: one is the Master, a writer pilloried for daring to write a novel about Christ and Pontius Pilate; the other is Margarita, who loves the Master so deeply that she is willing literally to go to hell for him. 

The Rating:

Okay, so I might have gone into this with some inaccurate expectations that had been fuelled by my friend. He sold this to me as a book about witches. Well, yeah at some point there are witches but it’s just a small part of the story that only occurs like halfway through. While the book is interesting, it was off to a slow start for me and kept asking my friend when the witches will *finally* show up.

Why the slow start? So we kick off with two guys sitting on a park bench and having a chat when they are joined by a stranger. I was happy until the stranger started telling a story. That’s when they lost me. They story was about Pilate and Jesus and it was a rather long chapter. And not just that, we keep going back to that story continously throughout the book with many a chapter continuing that. I’m so sorry, but I just couldn’t be bothered to actually care about this.

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TV Show Spotlight: A Young Doctor’s Notebook

Hello my lovely readers!
Today I want to talk about a mini-series you’ve probably never heard about until now. To be honest, I hadn’t known about it as well. The show came to me by surprise, so let’s see if it is any good!

 

What is it about?
Daniel Radcliff plays the eponymous young doctor who just finished medical school and is sent to the middle of nowhere to run a tiny hospital.  The show chronicles his first years there and most importantly shows the doctor (now several years older and struggling) looking back on his life.

 

Why should you check it out?
Let me tell you straight away: the show is a little weird. It has a rather dark and gloomy look and often deals with rather serious topics. However, I hadn’t expected to find so much humor in this show. But for some reason it works out just fine! Continue reading