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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Back in the warmth of her side of the bed she lay listening to Max's breathing , and the clink and wheezing protest of a milk float , then the first front doors slamming as the trainee accountants and solicitors set off for the station ...
... Janine realized that they had not been out on their own together that year . The music of Elysium came creeping in through her ears , slow , sublime , holding and catching her breath until she sighed deeply and shifted in her ...
She held her breath and emptied the underwear into the sink , then put the bowl down by the bed too . Next she pleaded and bullied through the bolted door for the woman to come out . “ All right , darling , " came the reply in ...
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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