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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“ Not funny , ” comments Frances , who understands that she is referring to sleep , or its absence . Ben takes the buttery knife from the side of his plate and waves it in the air , then drops it onto his mother's coat sleeve .
It was at a point in my life when I could not sleep for worrying . I was starting to experience low - level panic attacks at night when I could hear my jumpy heart and ragged breathing as myriad horrors , regrets , fears and rawheads ...
Robin had had trouble getting to sleep that evening . Stay here , he had demanded tearfully , his hand on her arm ; don't go . I won't go , she had said ; close your eyes . She had stroked his temple with the side of her little finger .
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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