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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Her trouble was , she'd forgotten how to relax . It was no wonder Dad was like he was . And everybody said she was so amazing , what she managed to pack into twenty - four hours . Dad worked hard , they said , but she worked hard too ...
Donald and Iain were gripping her hands too hard , Iain was droning away about cups o ' kindness . I work hard , I earn good money , I'm able to take care of my family , she added to herself . My precious children .
“ Are you saying I don't work hard enough ? ” demanded Max . “ Of course not , ” said Dorrie . “ You work too hard . Don't be silly . No , I meant you do all the work that gets somewhere and gives you something to show for the effort ...
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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