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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She turned to the garden beside her and stared straight into a magnolia tree , the skin of its flowers ' stiff curves streaked with a sexual crimson . She was transported by the light and the trees , and just as her child self had once ...
Maxine burrowed at her right side , all elbows and knees , until she settled in the crook of her other arm , her head beside Dorrie's on the pillow . “ Mummy . A good heart is never proud . Is that true ? ” said Maxine . “ What ?
The small boy beside him started to cry into his burger , wailing and complaining that his teeth hurt . “ And don't think you're going to get round me like that , ” snarled the man . “ I'm not your mother , remember !
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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