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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A child was lying flat down on its back screaming while a man in coveralls crouched over it , his antidust mask lifted to his forehead like a frogman . Above them both stood a broad fair woman , urgently advising the child to calm down ...
Not in a million years . It'd come back with jam all over it . The little girl was quite a solid child and tried to control her crying , allowing herself to be comforted in between the probings inside her face .
And from this house came the wailing of a child , a desolate hopeless noise . It was coming from this very house . On and on it went , the wailing , steady and miserable , following her up the path . Her throat tightened and her eyes ...
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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