Brief rhymed reviews for selected books

Brief rhymed reviews for selected books



Othello by William Shakespeare

The white on black, the black on white Explosive mix it makes, so easy to ignite By jealousy venom, inserted drop by drop into suspicious mind, And vicious fantasies force fatal spring of hate to wind And there you go … flame of rage Burns out lives, while getting out of its mental cage In black on white Bard dared to write About love, about race About trust and its disgrace

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

In truth Clare Quilty Was clearly guilty While humble Humbert Humbert Was fervently pervert The issue to talk of What told us Nabokov ?

The Spanish Ballad (Raquel, the Jewess of Toledo) by Lion Feuchtwanger

It’s Spain’s Toledo in Castile at times of Reconquest The pic of history entails both love and war along with Jewish people drama zest My fellow Jews, who are advisers to the kings – to you I issue my advise Please read this book and hide your daughters from king’s eyes Or otherwise so much to your surprise In vanity pursuit and lack of humbling you will find your own family demise

Shakespeare’s Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Two passions dwell in poet’s heart Two desperate obsessions are reflected through his art Those are two characters from Shakespeare’s poetry triangle: The dark skinned lady and the man of fair skin His charm is gentle and she’s a striking beauty queen Three lives, three loves in chains of jealousy are fatally entangled Did two conspire secretly behind the poet’s back Betraying him two times, which caused his soul to wreck ?

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Not lasting was this couple’s tragic young romance To be in one another arms they lucky were just once No matter how, no matter what to tell us meant poet So many youngsters die too soon not having even that

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Immortal Prince keeps coming back to make us look in depth What’s better choice – to take the life “as is” or challenge it by death Each one finds answer on his own, decides it by thyself But if you want Shakespeare’s advise – take “Hamlet” from bookshelf

Amok by Stefan Zweig

The life is burnt in Amok with the fierce fire passion Emotions run on high, like live volcano at eruption The spark of human tragedy and pain of soul’s despair Death, doom of suicide and fatal end of unrequited love affair

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Here’s how the story lines eventually unravel Three men (at least or rather three and half) and one Le Femme Fatal From Paris to Pamplona in escape from boredom for the leisure travel Where they all drink Pernod Absinthe until she meets the boy, who boldly fights the bull Jake acts as liaison arranging Brett-bullfighter sex affair Cohn beats the shit off Spanish boy, Mike keeps on drinking and pretends that he’s cool and doesn’t care

Hard to Be a God (The Noon Universe) by Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky

To those who read *that crappy SCI-FI jazz* in quest to run away From grim reality of life – I must, in truth, to say This piece is not, my friends, at all your regular fantastic tale It is much deeper, it was written to unveil How cruel, ignorant, barbaric we still are – at large, as Human Race How progress strides its winding roads in slow, painful pace

Woe from Wit by Alexander Griboedov

So often and by many I’ve been told That talk is silver while the silence has been made of pure gold Like Chatsky I felt always free to speak my rebel’s mind No wonder that indeed I am “the failing looser” in the eyes of all those quail Molchalin’s kind Being “Chatsky” makes the life to be the real mess It’s “Woe from Wit” when one just likes to serve without licking bosses’s ass The story is so true; it doesn’t matter anyway, I must admit and say Where, in what country Chatskys and Molchalins really live – it happens be the same for any country: Russia, France and even USA

Fear by Stefan Zweig

How husband usually reacts when he discovers that his wife on him is cheating ? Divorce, depression, suicide, the murder of the spouse, or just domestic cruel beating ? The husband in this story is described to be more shrewd and innovative … What did he do ? – please find the answer by yourself – I hope to read this piece I gave you plenty of incentive …

The burning secret by Stefan Zweig

The Jewish boy and his attractive mother were staying at health spa luxurious resort She quickly has been put *on notice* by the baron – seducer, womanizer, love affair’s hunter figure In order to approach the woman he befriends her son – just to advance the purpose of his *sport* The youngster is excited and accepts the baron’s friendship with the vigor.

Then baron skillfully exploits devotion of young soul and gradually succeeds to charm the Jewish lady But soon the boy begins suspecting baron’s ploy He realizes that the baron used his trust and friendship simply as decoy In being abandoned, hurt by sudden friend’s betrayal, boy’s naive childhood ends and he was able to foresee to which direction mother’s love affair’s heading

Intuitively young boy feels that her infatuation with the baron is really a dangerous mistake To stop his mother from her falling into baron’s hands, the son decides to do whatever it will take Being suddenly matured, acting smart and wise, He wins the battle, saving mother while depriving the seducer of his clever, shrewd and cunning effort’s prize.

Two Captains by Veniamin Kaverin

Across the distance and across the time, across the chain of generations They were alike, true captains both in duty and in love – defending friends and fighting enemies without doubt and without hesitations In spite of changes of regime and changes in the names of states, in spite of changes in the color of the banner Brave men remain to be brave men, kind loving heart remains to be kind loving heart and decent manner still remains to be unchanging decent manner

The Snail on the Slope by Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky

In wilderness of vast unconquered wood, where nature still prevails Out of reach, and not controlled by techno style civilization Lies land with strange, mysterious society of powerful females Who do not need the help of men and use Parthenogenesis for sexless procreation

The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights

As sun comes down in the valley, bound by the Tigris and Eufrat Submerges into dark the capital of Muslim Khalifat The night descends on tired from the heat old city of Baghdad Where spears of high-rising minarets reflect moon’s cold yet tender light The freshness of the breeze brings comfort and the leisure of delight Unfolding fairy tale, being told to Shahryar by princess Scheherazade Inspired by the need of her life saving plight Comes up the fantasy, entailed in every one (of “Thousand And One”) Arabian Night

Children of Captain Grant, Jules Verne

Lord Glenarvan, his new-wed wife, McNabb and Paganel agreed to go ahead And sail on board the “Duncan” yacht, to help the kids of captain Grant to find their missing Dad. This quest lead them around the Globe in search of Scottish sailor. They risked their lives so many times, yet kept their will and valor

They knew “Britannia” shipwrecked at 37th parallel of south latitude From Glasgow “Duncan” put up sails to Chile’s shore on route Across the Andes they moved eastward, through snow and ice on foot Though no trace of Grant was found there, they kept search attitude

Via Atlantic they’ve sailed away to “down under” continent, The land of rugged wilderness – with jumpy kangaroo and snappy crocodiles. In false belief that captain’s search comes near happy end, To no use they have traversed few hundred humid, hot Australian miles

Being tricked by Ayrton, in his hope to seize the ship – with help of pirates band, By hand of fate the travelers were sent to land on shore of distant New Zealand Just to be captured by the tribe of violent Maori But don’t worry, since we all know “a priori”

That in the middle of the book To keep the readers stay on hook No matter how things went bad Main heroes never will be dead

And here we go, in the near escape Our heroes noticed their yacht, miraculously anchored near cape Where evil man has been disarmed and kept under arrest With all the troubles put aside, good guys took time to rest

And finally, just passing by, on hardly noticed island James Grant, alive and healthy, suddenly was found The happy father reunited with his son and daughter And yacht has rushed back home to dock at peaceful Scottish harbor water

This book was clearly my first admired boyhood’s read And it has planted in my brains romantic wisdom’s seed – About courage and Jule Verne’s good cause adventure creed, Without selfish treasure hunting weed – that spoiling purpose, driven by the greed

The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne

Good people together on island could thrive Where single castaway just can hardly survive If we’ll do the same on the planet called Earth We’ll build Paradise, where the living be worth !

The Humbling by Philip Roth

Cutting short of loud rumbling I am not happy with “The Humbling” I am afraid that Philip Roth Went too far in this book’s plot (I’m so disturbed – that at this time I’ve lost the urge for perfect rhyme ) Where health declined Hollywood’s star ex Acts as sex hungry Tyrannosaurus Rex, Who’s end of life obscurity Is fought with …. well, promiscuity (Please don’t beat me with a wrench For my Russian broken French ) Where “Cherchez la femme” for the carnal “Pa-De-Trua” Gets arranged impromptu easy at any nearest local bar Where any girl from any college soccer crew Is an easy eager pick-up target for the lesbian one night stand screw To say nothing but this book Caused my bathroom run to puke I truly wish that story of my verse Is staged someplace away in Parallel Universe If not, – then progress of this book moral Went far ahead from innocent enough “American Pastoral”

  1. At The Dawn of The Twentieth Century
  2. Protected: The eternal curse!
  3. Generalizing identities for Pi & its convergents
  4. О доступе к вкушению плодов древа знаний
  5. Истории моей эмиграции
  6. Большой Театр открылся после Перестройки
  7. Пролетает над грешной Землёй метеор
  8. Когда в Раю случился первородный грех
  9. My resume
  10. Глупцу
  11. Вновь про талисман
  12. Корабль мечты
  13. Иллюзий хрупких юности узорчатый рассыпался витраж
  14. Древо жизни
  15. Мертво искусство без души
  16. Strikes heavy bombing roar rumbling bass
  17. Россия – расстались навсегда с тобой евреи…
  18. Никто не учится увы истории урокам
  19. Alexander R. Povolotsky – Approximate identities based on linear combinations of symbolic constants
  20. Alexander R. Povolotsky – Quantitative analysis of knowledge.
  21. Review of “Newton’s Laws – The Concepts”
  22. My discussion with Ray Solomonoff
  23. BBP identity yielding rational number
  24. Alexander R. Povolotsky – Logarithm, Pi related and other identities
  25. Entire English language poetry collection
  26. Pi approximations by roots of Diophantine equation
  27. Re-rise of Islamism & decline of Western Judo-Christian Civilization
  28. Who was driving the *show* during the collapse of the Soviet Union (USSR)?
  29. Sonnets (in Russian)
  30. В подражанье к Тютчеву (lyrics in Russian)
  31. Уже погасли фонари
  32. Вчера я видел сон (lyrics in Russian)
  33. Вина бокал (Lyrics in Russian)
  34. Ramanujan constant related stuff
  35. Extending Braille notation for math, physics and chemistry ?
  36. Entire poetry collection
  37. Alexander R. Povolotsky – BBP formula for Pi in a slight disguise
  38. Alexander R. Povolotsky -Three hard to prove conjectures
  39. “This guy”
  40. Infinite sums for Euler number (Napier’s constant) & its roots
  41. Alexander R. Povolotsky – Poetical improvisation on Pushkin’s ‘Egyptian Nights’
  42. Alexander R. Povolotsky – Formulas on k-folded sums of powers.
  43. English translation of the “Unsmiling Tsarevna (Nesmeyana)” song
  44. Napoleon vs Russia
  45. USSR’s demise & dissolution caused 4 fold Dow-Jones growth
  46. Brief rhymed reviews for selected books
  47. “Young And Tender Love Forever”
  48. The quotes, which I made up
  49. My English translation of A. S. Pushkin’s “The Night”, which he wrote in 1823
  50. Do you love or just want to be loved ?
  51. Моя остановка
  52. My Jewish People, Israel – I am your proud son !
  53. Besame Mucho Juanita, the Mexican girl
  54. Stepp but stepp around
  55. Please now look at me
  56. New shocking findings on the Beauty and the Beast ;-)
  57. On Love and Poetry
  58. There was a girl
  59. To YOU
  60. “Ошибся я, ошиблась ты”
  61. On USSR/Russia history – brief notes
  62. The bouquet of roses
  63. “Посмотри на небе звёзды горят”
  64. The mirror (in Russian)
  65. Стареющий певец
  66. variation on Goethe’s
  67. Lyrics – for the song (in Russian)
  68. Слова любви
  69. I don’t want to read your book
  70. Я стою на краю
  71. The ballad about the king, his daughter and her young lover
  72. Два имени (two names)
  73. Много лет тому назад
  74. variation on Goethe’s (in Russian)
  75. The mirror (lyrical poetry – in Russian)
  76. Jipsy motives – in Russian
  77. Из камня слова моего (lyrics in Russian)
  78. Ушли любовь, страданья, муки (lyrics in Russian)
  79. Бесцельна жизнь
  80. My tribute to Omar Khayyam