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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There was of course another rhythm , the rhythm of children and old people , being patient , watching the grass grow , but she couldn't see herself doing that for another thirty years at least . She didn't want to take it easy .
It was the least bombastic of operatic deaths , and the most comfortless . He had misjudged and this time she was lost forever . As he began his famous aria , J'ai perdu mon Euridice , Janine realized that tears were streaming down her ...
“ Although it has to be at least four units a day before there's any effect on the bad - cholesterol lipoproteins . ” " I needed that , ” said Lois . “ This sentimental line on the family they trot out every Christmas , it makes me ...
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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