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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Nearly all faces close in censorship at the merest hint of such talk . Put up and shut up is the rule , except with fellow mothers . Even then it can be taken as letting the side down . She yawns uncontrollably so that her eyes water ...
She tickled him and they sank down to the lino laughing and shouting , then he rubbed his barely - there velvet nose against hers like an Eskimo , his eyes close and dark and merry , inches from hers , gazing in without shame or ...
“ Naw , he didnae die of drink , you know , " said lain Buchanan , his face up close to hers , belligerent , and she realized he was very drunk . “ It wasnae the drink . ” “ So you said , ” said Nicola . She could see Susan Buchanan ...
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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