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 could see the gleam of his eyes and teeth smiling conspiratorially in the blanching dark . “ Come on then , ” she whispered . “ Don't wake Daddy . ” He climbed into bed and curled into her , his head on her shoulder , his face ...
“ Drummond Road , ” said Tess , sitting up , eyes closed . “ You be all right then ? " said the bus driver as Lois , festooned with carrier bags , helped her down . “ I don't know , do I , ” snapped Lois , followed through the window by ...
My eyes lusted around all over the place . The colors teased and tingled and clashed like music , while the walls receded into velvety darkness . I tried to keep some semblance of indifference but the smiles kept crossing my lips ...
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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