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The Bottle Factory Outing (1974)

by Beryl Bainbridge

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Brilliant black humour. Loved this. ( )
  ParadisePorch | Sep 24, 2018 |
A very creepy black comedy. Bainbridge effectively builds up suspense in the first half; the second half is a bit of a letdown. ( )
  GaylaBassham | May 27, 2018 |
A very, very dark comedy that takes place in the dull, grey middle-to-lower class England of the nineteen seventies. Bainbridge's real accomplishment here is her creation of the novel's two main characters: Freda and Joanna. The the first a willful, dramatic, and perhaps not particularly likable theatrical hanger-on, the second one of those passive, introverted, insecure women that many people would probably forget after meeting. The fact that the author doesn't turn Freda into a women's-movement caricature and makes Joanna register as a real character in her own right is really a testament to her skill as a writer: I get the feeling that their characters would have been a mishandled by a less talented writer. Here, they come off as real people, and one is forced to take their aspirations, ridiculous and unlikely as they sometimes are, seriously.

Everything, including the outing that gives the novel its title, ends both tragically and farcically for everyone involved, though Bainbridge's interest in theater does show through: two of the book's extended episodes slowly and inexorably devolve to high comic absurdity without seeming overwrought or unrealistic. Well-constructed and funny, if ultimately despairing and genuinely somber, this one's specially recommended to anglophiles and fans of half-forgotten BBC comedy series. ( )
4 vote TheAmpersand | Jun 16, 2017 |
A very weird book. Up until the main event of the story it is farcical, funny but afterwards it is no longer clear whether it is meant to be funny or not. I haven't got a clue, it is a crazy tale. ( )
  stef7sa | Jan 5, 2017 |
A very creepy black comedy. Bainbridge effectively builds up suspense in the first half; the second half is a bit of a letdown. ( )
  gayla.bassham | Nov 7, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0786701463, Paperback)

Freda and Brenda spend their days working in an Italian-run wine- bottling factory. A work outing offers promise for Freda, and terror for Brenda, passions run high on that chilly day of freedom, and life after the outing never returns to normal.

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* This wonderful novel showing Beryl Bainbridge at her darkly comic best - out for the first time as an Abacus paperback.

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