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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I can make my eyes squelch , listen . ” “ Oof , careful , Robin , ” said Dorrie as Robin brought his head up under her chin and crashed her teeth together . “ Good - bye , ” said Max from the doorway . “ Don't forget we're going out ...
“ Listen , we're due a sunstorm next year , which is when the U.S. tracking system goes down . Completely useless . Perfect opportunity for a nuclear attack . Germ warfare . Let's hope the bad boys haven't figured that one out .
Susan Buchanan had her head cocked on one side to listen , like a bright - eyed sparrow , while Deborah Mahon had assumed her vague all - purpose smile . Nicola regarded the grin on her husband's tired gray face .
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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