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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... a strong thickset presence , the sort of build that looked good in a kilt . Whereas tall lean men like Iain Buchanan were far better off in jeans . She was about to turn and introduce herself but then Iain was tapping her arm .
“ That's what they do , Nicola , they emigrate as soon as they can in order to better themselves , even if it's only down south to Guildford like Iain here , then they lecture anyone who'll bear it on the virtues of the auld country .
Donald and Iain were gripping her hands too hard , Iain was droning away about cups o ' kindness . I work hard , I earn good money , I'm able to take care of my family , she added to herself . My precious children .
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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