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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... to be more patient and to hug them when they cried , rather than briskly talk of being brave ; never to hit them . ey felt , they all felt , they were trying harder than their parents had ever done to love well .
She felt uneasy , as though she had become a conduit for their misery , which was , in each case , both inflammable and sodden , dangerously so , and not to be trusted . I'm in the middle of my life , thought Nicola . I'm rooted in .
cried Orpheus , and she felt the frisson in her flesh . “ Eurydice ! ” he cried again , interrupting the mourners , and she sighed . Then for a third time he cried out “ Eurydice ! " and this time she jumped , for Nigel Perkins was ...
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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