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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“ Shush , Ben , ” she says . “ You're not a donkey . ” He looks at her with beautiful affectless eyes . He sucks in air and starts up a series of guttural snorts . “ You're not a piggy , Ben , stop it , ” says Sally .
“ Intensive care , ” says Judith . “ Touch and go . As Derek said when I told him , it makes you wonder what Sally's legal position would be . ” “ The number of children I know with a fatal nut allergy , ” groans Cassie .
“ I really don't see why air travel has to be so convenient and cheap , ” says Cassie . “ People should think twice before crossing the world . ” It is exactly as though she has not spoken . Nobody ever listens to me , she thinks .
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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