So, I just couldn't get into this one.I really wanted to. Really, I did. I know it is supposed to be this magical politically satirical foray into Stalinist Russia. I know that it has a scathing social commentary. Honest. I'm a fan of absurdist political satire a la Vonnegut, but I just wasn't feeling this. At times it was humorous but maybe its just my lack of familiarity with the period in history. I didn't care for any of the characters and I just didn't think it came together well enough for me to be engaged.Ohhhhh well.