Getting a Life: Stories
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 18.12.2007. - 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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Ben rocks backwards in his chair a few times, seeing how far he can go. He is making a resonant zooming noise behind his teeth, but not very loudly yet. Sally keeps her baggy eye on him and says, “Sometimes I think I'm just pathetic, ...
“It's all right if you're the sort who can manage on four hours,” says Sally. “Churchill. Thatcher. Bugger.” Ben, having tipped his chair to the point of no return, carries on down towards the floor in slow motion.
From her handbag this tired woman Sally takes a pad and felt tips and places them in front of her son Ben, who is rolling his eyes and braying like a donkey. “Shush, Ben,” she says. “You're not a donkey.” He looks at her with beautiful ...
growls Sally through clenched teeth. “Naughty.” The two women grovel under the table picking up pens. Ben throws a few more after them. What Frances would have said had there been a quiet patch of more than five seconds was that she had ...
“It was more fun at work,” Frances bursts out, watching Sally wipe the child's buttery jawline with another of the inexhaustible supply of tissues from her bag. “You get some respect at work.” “My last childminder,” says Sally.
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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
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