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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I can't see how the family would work if I let myself start wanting things again , thought Dorrie ; give me an inch and I'd run a mile , that's what I'm ... The thing about small children was that they needed things all day long .
Almost the worst thing was being frozen into these corny , passive and wifely attitudes of grief and betrayal . The ravishingly sweet quarrel of their voices blended and untangled , pulling air down into her lungs , making her sigh ...
The main thing , thought Lois , looking out the window at south London's back gardens , the important thing as middle age came and sat down on you with its enormous bum , the vital thing surely was , not to grow too careful of yourself ...
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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