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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When she turned back from drawing the curtains , Martin was painting his shins with a stick of deodorant while Maxine sat on the floor galloping her round bare heels in the cups discarded bra , pulling on the straps like a jockey ...
She helped Tess onto the bed , where she curled in a fetal hump and , growling , pulled the covers tightly over her head . ... and for her , Lois , to be outside the room , with her carrier bags , pulling the door shut .
There must be no noise , and she had pulled the sheet up to their necks . Within a couple of minutes they were both almost there , together , when there came a noise from Martin's bed . “ Mum , ” he said sleepily , and flicked his lamp ...
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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