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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“ In a minute , ” said Dorrie , who was tying up a plastic sack of rubbish . " Not in a minute , ” said Robin . “ Now . ” The thing about small children was that they needed things all day long . They wanted games set up and tears wiped ...
She , Nicola , would make up that twenty - minute shortfall , she would squeeze it in somehow tomorrow . She took a sip of wine and immediately the alcohol rose up behind her face to somewhere at eyebrow level , and she thought , That's ...
Her time is so precious that it is charged out to other people at a pound a minute . Five pounds a minute . Ten ! Isobel's words floated back to me from that high - flying Financial Times interview . “ It's unreal to say you can balance ...
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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