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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“ Do you “ That's hard , ” says Frances , watching as Sally straightens the boy in his chair and tries to engage him in coloring a picture of a rabbit in police uniform . work then ? ” asks Sally , filling in one long furry ear with ...
“ It was more fun at work , ” Frances bursts out , watching Sally wipe the child's buttery jawline with another of the inexhaustible supply of tissues from her bag . “ You get some respect at work .
As she lurches over to apologize and expostulate , Sally's mind continues to follow her train of thought , silently addressing Frances even if all that Frances can see of her is a bumbling clucking blur . Children are all different ...
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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