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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“ Not exactly bad news for law firms , ” said Isobel , but her heart wasn't in it . She had been distracted ; she had noticed what no man would ever notice . At this point , Keith Mannion and Graham Groton were drawn away by another ...
I asked Isobel . “ What about ? ” she said . “ Work , " I mumbled . “ The children . ” “ Why should I ? ” she said . “ If you don't want to be financially dependent on your partner , then you have to work . That's obvious .
These Isobel wolfed down . Then she said crossly , “ What are they for . ” We turned and watched as a pair of cowry - trimmed chaparejos was wrapped in silver tissue paper . “ They are smart but casual , ” pronounced the beautiful boy ...
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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