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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She was trying to be more tender with them — she and her contemporaries — to offer them choices rather than just tell them what to do ; to be more patient and to hug them when they cried , rather than briskly talk of being brave ; never ...
Verity's husband is frantically trying to find a nanny for the three children before he loses his job . Or perhaps it's just sleep . Because of the aircraft she has worn earplugs at night ever since moving to Kew ten years ago .
They were trying to twitch their coat hems away from the rest of humanity , and would spend their whole time in the car listening to story tapes . The main thing , thought Lois , looking out the window at south London's back gardens ...
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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