“Divinely dark and excellently written, Bainbridge takes the ordinary factory outing and turns it into a black comedy... excellent”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Well written, but not really to my taste. I was very impressed with the characterisation. Brenda in particular is a very realistic and accurate portrayal. The book aims for a kind of black comedy, but it is just not my kind of humour so I didn't find it amusing. Instead I found the parts meant to be amusing to be a bit absurd. There is a kind of dark, disturbing thread running through the plot, which makes you feel slightly uneasy.”Rhienne wrote this review Wednesday, October 19, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Divinely dark and excellently written, Bainbridge takes the ordinary factory outing and turns it into a black comedy... excellent”Abby K wrote this review Wednesday, January 26, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Darkly funny comedy of manners, with a cast of characters who can't afford them. Like a naughty seaside postcard or a BBC seventies sitcom but with a sinister undercurrent.
Reminds me a little of Dostoevsky's A Nasty Story - mixing your classes can lead to disaster. Add some wine and brandy and it's a fatal cocktail.”
“Beryl Bainbridge has a completey quirky and at times macabre sense of humour. She writes small books that are an easy read, however her story lines are 'out there'. I had a genuine chuckle, she has a talent for merging the ordinary and outrageous, placing the average lower to middle class scenario, into the realm of the rediculous and tragic.
I've read a few of her books, and like the others, this book isn't for everyone, you must be able to create 'the picture' she verbalises in your head to be able to appreciate the story she is setting. You need to expand her literature into an internal movie and you will 'get it'.”