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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Above them both stood a broad fair woman , urgently advising the child to calm down . “ You'll be better with a child than I am , ” said the workman gratefully as Jade approached , and before she could ...
“ And how we carry our drink better too . ” “ Don't listen to them , now , Nicola , ” said Brian , turning his dark - fringed blue gaze on her . “ We have the better poetry and music . What's Burns to Yeats ? ” “ We've got Shakespeare ...
There must be something better than this squabbly nuclear family unit , she thought , these awful hobbling five- and six - legged races all around her . She could see they were fighting . She saw Martin hit Robin , and Robin clout him ...
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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