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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They sighed with impatient pity to observe how easily small anxieties took possession of her , how her sense of proportion appeared to have receded along with her horizons . She was never still , she was always available ...
She took Max's shirt upstairs on a hanger and put the rest of the ironing away . What would she wear tonight ? She looked at her side of the wardrobe . Everything that wasn't made of T - shirt or sweatshirt fabric was too tight for her ...
Took her upstairs to the bedroom . Half an hour later , right as rain . Just as you said . She was a bit surprised at first , your good lady , but after I explained it was you that had sent me round she was fine about it .
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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