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The Bottle Factory Outing
on 8 June 2013
Freda and Brenda share a bedsit and work in a factory that bottles imported wines. Most of the other workers are Italian. Freda is always trying to make things happen while Brenda is passive in the extreme, but neither approach seems to lead to happiness. It wouldn't be revealing too much to say that the outing was not a fun day out, to say the least.
Beryl Bainbridge is always interesting, but this is not my favourite book of hers. I prefer her novels with historical settings, such as the brilliant Master Georgie. Humour is very subjective I simply did not find this book funny. She seems to be poking fun at the two women, while to me, they are just lost souls with sad lives. The second half, which is about the outing and its consequences, was much better. Relationships develop, things happen and the tone is much less whimsical.