I've been struggling a bit with The Master and Margarita. Every time I start to get into it, a new chapter starts and it feels like an entirely new cast of characters gets introduced. I'm beginning to see the plots interweaving, but keeping focused has been a bit difficult. Maybe it's just Summer Brain, but it's not yet coming together for me.
All of the Russian names are not helping. Not only the whole "I am struggling to keep these long-ass foreign names straight" issue, but also because the Russians loooove nicknames. So you have to keep track of several names for every Russian character. Whee!
Honestly, I've considered making this my first "bail" book of the year (although it is really hard for me to dump a book.) (Really hard.) and then I was at Powell's this past weekend and saw this:
Ha! It's a t-shirt for The Master and Margarita! And doesn't that cat look like he's judging me? "What do you meeeean you're not going to finish this book?"
So I guess I gotta finish it. The damned t-shirt cat has judged me and I refuse to let him win.
PS -- They had a ton of other book cover t-shirts there, including The Great Gatsby. I was sorely tempted, but it was a truly hideous royal blue color that I just couldn't get behind.