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   Mum and Mr. Armitage: Selected Stories of Beryl Bainbridge, by Beryl Bainbridge  
 
  Collection, first publication in January 1985
 
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      These 12 stories are essentially character studies, each ending with some cruel and/or comic unexpected revelation. And in each, someone is the object of a weird twist of fate. In "Mum and Mr. Armitage," gaily madcap Mum is the pathetic object of misplaced revenge. Two doltish married couples are hilariously victimized in "People for Lunch." In "Bread and Butter Smith," an exasperated husband inadvertently gets rid of his wife and her boring, ubiquitous paramour. A bickering family's theater outing provides the setting for a devastating black comedy in "Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie."

     
     
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