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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“ Everything would carry on all right , you know , if you stopped worrying . ” “ No it wouldn't . I wish it would . But it wouldn't . ” Lean and sexually luminous young waiting staff glided gracefully around them .
“ Says her stop's Drummond Road . ” “ Anybody getting off at Drummond Road might see this lady right ? ” called the driver down the bus into the crowd of blank embarrassed faces . Oh bloody hell , thought Lois .
The milk I managed to collect in the ladies ' at work I stored at the back of the office fridge in a clearly marked bottle until I could take it home . I stopped all that rather abruptly when my secretary one day came and whispered to ...
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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