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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Casualty said , A penny's OK , wait for it to come out the other end . Which it did . But they'd have had to open her up if it had been a five - pence piece , something to do with the serration or the size . Then she pushed a drawing ...
Wait in silence , yes , that was what was required of her , with the traditional carrot that love would be rewarded . But , she thought wrathfully , unlike in operas , we grow old while waiting in silence . Orpheus was facing the Furies ...
“ I'd never wear it . When would I wear it . ” That's not the point , I started to say , but decided to wait . Perhaps after all she was merely status - seeking , an acquisitive label - conscious shopper . If so , I had 161 Wurstigkeit.
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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