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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Maxine was less irritable but more manipulative . Her memory was terrifyingly precise and long - yesterday , for example , she had raged at Dorrie for stealing a fruit pastille , having remembered the color of the top one from several ...
Then she continued , less guarded because she liked this man , “ I mean , I was tempted during my third pregnancy to take some time off . Charlie was seriously worried about the mortgage , I can tell I'd had a bad run of nannies .
“ Less extreme , less dramatic . What the hell's the matter now . Maxine had been trying to pull her bag of chips away from Martin , who had suddenly let go , with the result that Maxine's chips had flown into the air and over the grass ...
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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