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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“ That's what I thought , ” sighed Max , misinterpreting her reaction . “ I'm so pleased for her , they've been wanting a baby for ages , " said Dorrie , and this time it was her voice that was muffled . “ So of course I've had to let ...
“ That doesn't mean to say we couldn't do better . We need to expand . ” “ We're managing the mortgage , ” said Dorrie . “ I think we should be grateful . ” “ That's the spirit , ” said Max . “ That's the spirit that made this island ...
She , Nicola , would make up that twenty - minute shortfall , she would squeeze it in somehow tomorrow . She took a sip of wine and immediately the alcohol rose up behind her face to somewhere at eyebrow level , and she thought , That's ...
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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