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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“ Ssssh , ” said Robin , placing a forefinger against his mother's lips and widening his eyes for emphasis . They watched Max's dark bearded face break into a yawn , a sea dog or a sea god about to rally his crew . He was waking up .
“ Oof , careful , Robin , ” said Dorrie as Robin brought his head up under her chin and crashed her teeth together . “ Good - bye , ” said Max from the doorway . “ Don't forget we're going out tonight , ” said Dorrie from the pillows .
On the way out she and Robin passed a little girl of three or so saying to her mother , “ But Mummy , I miss you ” ; and the mother , smartly dressed , a briefcase by her , rather tightly reasoning with her , murmuring , glancing at her ...
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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