The Master and Margarita / Mikhail Bulgakov

The Master and Margarita

I don’t think I can say enough good things about this book. It’s truly a masterpiece. One of the best books I’ve read in a really long time. The premise and some additional information are provided in this Wikipedia article. There are multiple translations of the book. The one I read was translated by Michael Karpelson. One minor issue I had was keeping up with the large number of characters, particularly since the names are Russian and I lack any real familiarity with Russian names. Also, the same characters are sometimes referenced by first, last or nick names in the same scene / setting which I found a bit confusing, at least till I was able to get it all sorted out in my head.

Verdict: Highly Recommended

Dissatisfied people…

Reading this article in Scientific American about The Tyranny of Choice made me realize why the more affluence people have, the less satisfied they seem. I also suspect that a good chunk of the people that I know are “maximizers” as the article calls them.

Another less scientific one (i.e. not research based) is this blog entry that I find a tad humorous but true: 7 reasons the 21st century is making you miserable.

One Red Paper Clip / Kyle MacDonald

One Red Paper Clip

I finally found time this morning to finish reading “One Red Paper Clip“. It’s a pretty good, light, fast read. Just like reading blog entries, one after the other – and that shouldn’t be surprising since it’s simply edited entries from Kyle MacDonald’s blog as he traded up and up over a period of about a year from a red paper clip to a house in Kipling, Saskatchewan.

Verdict: Recommended