Friday, 12 July 2013

The Bottle Factory Outing by Beryl Bainbridge


"She was like a ballroom dancer moving in time to some slow waltz, pointing her feet delicately as she advanced, swaying from side to side  in her purple cloak, one hand raised swiftly with wrist arched, as if she dangled a fan."

I'm a little lost for words on this one, it is particularly short but dense. The characters are hilariously flawed and the novel reeks of that sheer bitchiness that only exists between single women vying for male attention.
The plot has to involve one of the worst picnic style outings I can remember reading, it made me think catch ups outside of work are a bad idea. The prose is beautiful, albeit a little confusing at times due to the similarity in voice between the two main characters. 4 out of 5 factory workers escape.

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