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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They were late coming out of nursery school , and Dorrie stood with the other mothers and nannies in the queue . Some were chatting , some were sagging and gazing into the middle distance . In front of her , two women were discussing a ...
out together for several months , but Dorrie had not forgotten how awful it always was . It was twenty to eight , and Robin clung to her . “ Don't go , Mummy , don't go , ” he sobbed , jets of water spouting from his eyes , his mouth a ...
Dorrie was laughing now , and put her arms round his waist , her head in his shoulder . ... “ Come in for a hug , ” said Dorrie , holding out her arm to them , and they all five stood rocking by the side of the road locked in an untidy ...
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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