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ANNA KARENINA

Anna’s brother lazily accept truths to excuse his behaviour, Levin struggles in the quest to understand truth and meaning within his life, and Anna is destroyed by her desire to be truthful in a hypocritical society. Continue reading

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A COUNTRY DOCTOR’S NOTEBOOK

There are a fair few funny anecdotal tales which make up the bulk of this book, full of annoying patients (like myself), ridiculous situations, moments of extreme panic and self-doubt on the narrator’s part too. This doctor is fresh out of school, clinging onto academic achievements and really is thrown into the deep end: he isn’t assigned to work in a hospital with other doctors, he is completely alone and in charge of a surgery where he now has to put medical theory to practice for the first time. Continue reading

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(FINALLY) THE MASTER AND MARGARITA

“Manuscripts don’t burn.” Ironically, this novel started off as a burnt manuscript and it is an unfinished novel still with fragmented sentences and unexplained loose ends here and there in the book. Knowing it would never be published, Bulgakov spent years amending and revising parts of the novel up until his death in 1940. In M&M there is a lot of Bulgakov himself in there… Continue reading

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Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita… Take #5/Final Reminder & Court Summons

I’d like to say I have a good excuse for not reading Master and Margarita as promised to do so in a previous blog post… To be honest, I think moving three times in the last half a year, giving … Continue reading

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Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita, Take #4

“You’ll remove your Pushkin tattoo and replace it with a Bulgakov quote once you read Master and Margarita“ Said the Bulgakov reader to the Pushkin fan. (Said Bulgakov reader has never read a word of Pushkin as an adult though, just saying…) … Continue reading

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