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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Above her the cherry trees were fleecy and packed with a foam of white petals . ... She turned to the garden beside her and stared straight into a magnolia tree , the skin of its flowers ' stiff curves streaked with a sexual crimson .
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 .
The curtains in this road had mostly been left undrawn , and at nearly every window glowed a well - lit tree in a darkened ... Mad as trees . Why had Tess dragged that mad great tree up into her room ? What business had a tree inside a ...
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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