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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John Anderson my jo , John , We clamb the hill thegither ; And mony a cantie day , John , We've had wi'ane anither : Now we maun totter down , John , And hand in hand we'll go ; And sleep thegither at the foot , John Anderson my Jo .
Her right hand was in lain's , who was on her left , and her left hand was in Donald's , who was on her right . ... Donald and Iain were gripping her hands too hard , Iain was droning away about cups o ' kindness .
Then he sat down and resumed reading his Christian news . Lois caught a cunning look on the drinker's face . She watched his hand creep towards the inside pocket of his mac in elaborate slow motion ; as if , she thought , for a knife .
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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