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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She had grown stouter and broader, so that it was hard to recognize in the robustlooking young mother the slim, mobile Natasha of old days. Her features had become more defined, and wore an expression of calm softness and serenity.
She would never be like her mother, making timetables and lists and endless arrangements, lost forever in a forest of twitching detail with her tense talk of juggling and her self-importance about her precious job and her joyless ...
“We're always down at Casualty,” said the mother, as rapidly desperate as a talentless stand-up comedian. “Last week she swallowed a penny. Casualty said, A penny's OK, wait for it to come out the other end. Which it did.
Closer up, in the hallway, her hyperaesthetic teenage eyes observed the mother's ragged cuticles, the graceless way her heels stuck out from the backs of her sandals like hunks of Parmesan, and the eyes which had dwindled to dull ...
The mother clamped her head and shoulders down with tired violence. “I don't think I'd better do this,” said Jade. She was frightened that metal inside the warm young face combined with sudden fierce movement could be a disastrous ...
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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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