Getting a Life: Stories
Alfred A. Knopf, 2001 - 196 страница
From the writer whose work has been described as sparingly tragic and unsparingly funny (Ruth Rendell) and shimmering with grace and savagery and wit ("The Times," London), a new collection: nine stories about the blisses and irritations of domestic life.
The setting is contemporary London and its suburbs. A seventeen-year-old girl, a student of Coleridge and Keats, walks toward her future resolved not to be anything like her successful career-woman mother. At a small caf? in South Kensington, two women, teachers, become tipsy and exchange confidences about their family difficulties and marital turmoils, revealing more than they intend. A celebratory dinner for a timber merchant and his wife in South London turns into something else entirely. In the midst of a sensuous shopping spree, a woman shares with her friend the secret of a state of mind known as wurstigkeit ('sausageness'). At a Robert Burns gala in a Mayfair hotel, poetry and money collide head-on.
These are stories that charm and move us as they catch the special timbre part laughter, part wail of youngish, more or less sophisticated lives in the city at our particular moment in time.
Резултати 1-3 од 9
“ Every now and then I think I might give it up , see if that helps , ” says Frances . “ Caffeine . But then I reckon it's just a drop in the ocean . ” Ben rocks backwards in his chair a few times , seeing how far he can go .
“ That's hard , ” says Frances , watching as Sally straightens the boy in his chair and tries to engage him in coloring a picture of a rabbit in police uniform . “ Do you work then ? ” asks Sally , filling in one long furry ear with ...
As she lurches over to apologize and expostulate , Sally's mind continues to follow her train of thought , silently addressing Frances even if all that Frances can see of her is a bumbling clucking blur . Children are all different ...
Шта други кажу - Напишите рецензију
GETTING A LIFEКоментар посетиоца странице - Kirkus
A third collection from Somerset Maugham-winner Simpson (Four Bare Legs in a Bed, 1992, etc.): nine bitter stories, many loosely interconnected, about upper-middle-class British women overburdened by ... Прочитајте целу рецензију