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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Robin ran round and round his mother's legs , wrapping and rewrapping her nightdress . Then he rolled on the carpet with both hands round her ankle , a lively leg - iron , singing alleluia , alleluia , alleluia .
be gathered round the album she had dug out while she wiped their eyes and noses and clucked mild reproaches . The thing was , it did not do simply to turn off . She was not a part of the action , but her involved presence was required ...
This man's wife was probably just round the corner over just such another cup of coffee . Was she too feeling panic at not making good use of that dear - bought commodity , solitude ? “ If you don't do what I say right now there'll be ...
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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