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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Above them both stood a broad fair woman, urgently advising the child to calm down. “You'll be better with a child than I am,” said the workman gratefully as Jade approached, and before she could agree—or disagree—he had shot off back ...
yelped the woman. “He's in the car. I forgot. I'll have to . . .” Before Jade could escape, the woman was running like an ostrich across the road towards a blue Volvo, its passenger door open onto the pavement, where from inside came ...
But she was growing hotter, and when, at the woman's request, Jade unwillingly held her, she was like a small combustion engine, full of distress. “See, if I hold her down, you have a try,” said the woman, handing her the tweezers.
“Yes,” said the woman. “Thank you anyway.” “You could ring the doctor,” said Jade on the way to the front door. “Ask for an emergency appointment.” “I'll do that next,” said the woman, brightening a little; then added suddenly, ...
This woman Sally has a drinker's face, ... course which involved her taking an afternoon every week off work, driving an hour's round trip on the North Circular, only to listen to some well-meaning woman tell her what damage this.
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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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