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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Look after yourself , thought Dorrie as she walked her children home , holding her daughter's hand as she skipped and pulled at her . She glanced down at her hand holding Maxine's , plastic shopping bags of vegetables over her wrist ...
Her right hand was in lain's , who was on her left , and her left hand was in Donald's , who was on her right . ... Donald and Iain were gripping her hands too hard , Iain was droning away about cups o ' kindness .
She looked like a baffled monarch , unable to believe that she was preparing to hand over vast sums to these illusionists . “ I think these things are right for you , ” said the salesgirl consolingly . She smiled and nodded her head and ...
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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