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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Since the arrival of the children , one , two and then three , in the space of four years , she had broken herself into little pieces like a biscuit and was now scattered all over the place . The urge — indeed , the necessity — to give ...
Each of the four standing there had that day crammed twelve hours ' worth of work into ten in order to attend this banquet , and the whiskey was hitting stomachs which had long since forgotten the snatched midday sandwich .
She bore nine of his children , four of whom died . “ Of the four children she bore me in seventeen months , two sets of twins , my eldest boy only is living , ” he wrote to a friend in 1788. “ But I reckon a twelve brace of children ...
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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