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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Nicola knew how the talk went at this kind of mixed do with spouses . The men would address the women beside them with bored chivalry , feeding them brief obvious questions about their children or their house or their little part - time ...
Her nights were necessarily short and her sleep was a dreamless passing out . No drowsing in the morning was possible , ever . Iain Buchanan was leaning forwards now to talk to Donald Forfar . “ That's right , we moved six months ago ...
“ He's stopped talking to me and he's drinking too much . ” “ Make him say limericks ... That was why he could not talk to her . Her thoughts strode ahead of her in seven - league boots . By the end of the meal Holly had drunk a good ...
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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