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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“ Any problems , anything at all , if one of them wakes and asks for me , please ring and I'll come back , it's only a few minutes away . ” “ Everything'll be fine , ” said Jade , as if to a fussy infant . “ You shouldn't worry so much ...
“ That's how I know it's still you . ” “ Music ! Me , I'm mad for it , ” said Nigel Perkins from Littleboy and Pringle . “ All sorts . Depends on my mood . Verdi when I'm down . Which isn't often . A bit of Bowie . Some Cajun .
They studied the list , its barszcz , its stuffed cabbage in white sauce and its meatballs in red . “ I'm ravenous , ” said Holly . “ Meatballs for me . I've come straight from a very long Nativity play . Dave's youngest was a shepherd ...
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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