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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Lois listened to more about Dave's vile wife , his malevolent children , about how it was Dave's duty to himself they were ignoring , and noticed how this always happened with Holly now after the first few drinks .
Oh bloody hell , thought Lois . “ I am , ” she said grimly , helping haul the woman back on . Her black tights had split into a web of white holes and wet red knees . “ Shorry , darling , " the woman slurred , and slumped against her on ...
Lois rinsed the cups and mugs on the draining board , filled them with cold water and set them up by the bed . She held her breath and emptied the underwear into the sink , then put the bowl down by the bed too .
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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