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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She was never going to go dead inside or live somewhere boring like this , and she would make sure she was in charge at any work she did and not let it run her . She would never be like her mother , making timetables and lists and ...
Water from now on or I'll never last . It made her crisp with irritation , that she could have arrived half an hour later and no harm done . But that's the deal , she reminded herself . She had always to be thinking ahead .
You never see them ! They adore it . ” “ The main thing is to recharge the batteries , ” declared Dominic . “ Are you enjoying the opera ? ” asked Janine . “ Oh , it's super , ” said his wife . “ And not too long either .
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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