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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“ I sat through Die mostincrediblyboringold Meistersinger only last week for your lot , ” she had reminded him . “ Four hours . ” “ This'll be longer . " “ And Orpheus and Eurydice the week before . ” “ That was short .
Home was a wasteland during the week anyway , as she'd discovered during her maternity leaves , just nannies or women like Deborah Mahon for company . Your eyes went dull inside three days , your thighs turned to Turkish Delight ...
The forecast had promised a windchill factor of minus twelve in the week to come . 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 ...
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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