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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“ Harry swallowed his tooth today , ” said Martin . “ Mrs. Tyrone said it didn't matter , it would melt inside him . ” He wiggled his own front tooth , an enamel tag , tipping it forward with his fingernail .
... at those times of the month , when the earth , moon and sun are directly in line . ” Martin , having finished his own bag of potato chips , was now busily capturing ants from the grass and dropping them into his sister's bag .
“ What's your problem , ” said Martin with spiteful pleasure , getting up as his father approached and brushing yellow crumbs from his shorts . “ You threw them away , so that means you didn't want them . ” “ I didn't throw them away !
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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