Сергей Холодилов (fat_crocodile) wrote,
Сергей Холодилов

Слушаю сейчас книжку Питера Бигла "Последний единорог". Это такая классика, когда-то очень давно читал на русском пару раз, ничего уже не помнил. Книжка чудесная, она как-то умудряется быть тонкой, серьёзной, трогательной -- но при этом ещё и очевидной пародией. И одно другому не мешает!

Любимая книжка Ротфусса между прочим.

Так вот, там есть песенка, которой я не могу не. Вот она в исполнении автора:


[текст песни]
When I was a young man and very well thought of
I couldn't ask aught that the ladies denied
I nibbled their hearts like a handful of raisins
And I never spoke love but I knew that I lied

   But I said to myself "Ah, they none of them know
   The secret I shelter and savor and save
   I wait for the one who will see through my seeming
   And I'll know when I love by the way I behave"

The years drifted over like clouds in the heavens
The ladies went by me like snow on the wind
I charmed and I cheated, deceived and dissembled
And I sinned and I sinned and I sinned and I sinned

   But I said to myself, "Ah, they none of them see
   There's part of me pure as the whisk of a wave
   My lady is late but she'll find I've been faithful
   And I'll know when I love by the way I behave"

At last came a lady both knowing and tender
Saying you're not at all what they take you to be
I betrayed her before she had quite finished speaking
And she swallowed cold poison and jumped in the sea

   And I say to myself when there's time for a word
   As I gracefully grow more debauched and depraved
   "Ah, love may be strong, but a habit is stronger
   And I knew when I loved by the way I behaved"

Очень поучительная история, мне кажется.
Не истина в последней инстанции, но вполне жизненно.
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