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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The men have gravitated to the end of the garden under the trees , where they help themselves to icy cans of lager from the turquoise cooler standing on the picnic table . Above them roars a steady stream of package flights and others .
Each of the four standing there had that day crammed twelve hours ' worth of work into ten in order to attend this banquet , and the whiskey was hitting stomachs which had long since forgotten the snatched midday sandwich .
In the distance a young woman could be seen standing at the microphone consulting her notes . “ Isn't that Fiona MacPherson's new assistant ? ” asked Donald , leaning over her towards lain . She felt his weight against her arm .
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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