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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During the past five years , reading a book had become for her an activity engaged in at somebody else's expense . The doorbell rang and she answered it dressed as she was . Robin hid behind her . “ Gemma's got to be a crocodile ...
She walked on for a while past kebab bars and minicab offices , then noticed a riproaring bevy of boys at the next pub and decided to turn off the main road . The side streets would be a quieter route home , even if they took longer .
A bat bounced silently past her ear as she crossed the little bridge over the stream , and then she felt the dust of the earth path beneath her feet again . As she walked on , hugging herself against the fresh chill of the dark ...
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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