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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Nearly all faces close in censorship at the merest hint of such talk . Put up and shut up is the rule , except with fellow mothers . Even then it can be taken as letting the side down . She yawns uncontrollably so that her eyes water ...
Now it was drawing to a close with a joke for the bankers . “ ' Och , this way of life is all fine and dandy , ' says Angus to his friend Gavin . “ The money's fine , the job's great , but I find the stress is getting to me .
I don't look at my reflection much these days , but now I was doing so and felt rather shy , like laughing , as though seeing a once - close friend after a long time . Isobel said , “ That's you . It's got that look you have .
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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