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 being forced to walk the plank . He leaped into the ocean and cantered sternly across the waves . They were late coming out of nursery school , and Dorrie stood with the other mothers and nannies in the queue .
She couldn't get it to start so she would have to walk to the station . All across Cator Park trees stood cold and fabulous , elaborately naked in their diamonds . Crack troops flashing silver from the windows of nearby houses charged ...
In the light of their beauty she felt a kick of stubborn happiness as well as everything else . She blew her nose like a trumpet . Then she picked up her carrier bags of presents one by one and set off on the rest of the walk home .
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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