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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“ He's in Leeds , " said the woman . “ Or is it Manchester . Oh dear . ” “ Ha , ” said Jade . You'd think it was the fifties , men roaming the world while the women stayed indoors . The personal was the political , hadn't she heard ?
An elderly woman pauses as she edges past their table on the way to the till . She cocks her head on one side and smiles brightly at Ben , whose mouth drops open . He stares at her , transfixed , with the expression of a seraph who has ...
smiling woman of fifty - five or fifty - six , who had not earned any money for over thirty years . ... The men would address the women beside them with bored chivalry , feeding them brief obvious questions about their children or their ...
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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