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 ...
I'm sorry I didn't manage to make myself look nice , ” said Dorrie . “ You look nice . Anyway , it's six pounds an hour . It's like sitting in a taxi . ” Max was big and warm , sitting relaxed like a sportsman after the game , but his ...
“ Don't look at the price tags , ” I advised . “ Look at the clothes . ” I slid a long viridian garment from its hanger and held it out behind her . Instinctively she slid her arms back into the sleeves and shrugged it on .
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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