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.
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Jade gasped fastidiously and stepped back . “ Maybe we should get her indoors , ” suggested the woman , her hand on Jade's arm . “ It's that house there across the road . ” “ I don't think— " started Jade . “ The baby , oh the baby !
Jade sat down beside it and traced her initials in this yolk - yellow dust with her fingertip . “ I used to love gardening , " said the woman , seeing this . “ But there's no time now . I've got an Apple up in the spare room , I try to ...
suggested Jade . " He's in Leeds , " said the woman . " Or is it Manchester . Oh dear . ” “ Ha , ” said Jade . You'd think it was the fifties , men roaming the world while the women stayed indoors . The personal was the political ...
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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