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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asked Nicola as a plate of tweedy brownish morsels was placed in front of her . “ Och , it's just a sausage , ” said Donald , brushing her arm as he reached for the whiskey . “ But they use the stomach bag as casing rather than the more ...
“ But that business before the haggis , ” faltered Nicola , “ that poem , wasn't that it ? ” “ No , no , ” laughed Donald . “ The heart of a Burns Night is the Immortal Memory . Someone has to make a speech in praise of Burns ...
“ Yes they'd prefer a mother at home , ” said Nicola crisply . “ But I couldn't do that . I'm their mother , that's what they've got . ” lain sat , shaking his head dolefully and staring into his glass . Irritated , Nicola shifted in ...
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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