Getting a Life: Stories
Vintage Books, 2002 - 208 страница
Hilarious, dark, and thoroughly entertaining, Getting a Life proves Helen Simpson to be one of the finest observers of women on the edge. Set in and around contemporary London, these nine stories explore both the blisses and irritations of domestic life.
An ambitious teenager vows never to settle for any of the adult lives she sees around her. Two old friends get tipsy at a small cafe and end up revealing more than they intended. In a boutique so exclusive that entrance requires a password, a frazzled careerwoman explores the anesthetizing effect of highly impractical clothing. And in the mesmerizing title story, a mother of three takes life one day at a time, while pushing the ominous question of whether she wants to firmly to one side.
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He turned to Charlie . “ You'll be looking forward to your haggis then ? ” he inquired . Charlie smiled wanly . Following this welcome there had been an interminable stretch of time during which the thousand guests drifted slow as ...
Then Charlie was beside them saying “ Hey , excuse me , ” very unsteady on his feet . He started to prod Donald on the shoulder when Iain stepped in and growled , “ Whit ye think ye're doing to ma friend ? ” “ Your friend ?
said Charlie , looking baffled . ... said Charlie , turning away from Donald and squaring up to lain . ... a circle as though they could not believe their eyes . lain got hold of Charlie's lapels and Charlie got hold of Iain's lapels .
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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