The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner has ratings and reviews. Evan said: I didn’t like him trying to accuse me of something he wasn’t su. A guide to The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner. This guide It may also be helpful to the general reader who is interested in the stories of Alan Sillitoe. “The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner,” by Alan Sillitoe, was first published in It is a first-person monologue spoken by a year-old inmate of an.

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Corn had grown high in the next field and would be cut down soon with scythes and mowers; but I never wanted to notice much while running in case it put me off my stroke, so by the haystack I decided to leave it all behind and put on such a spurt, in spite of nails in my guts, that before long I’d left both Gunthorpe and the birds a good way off; I wasn’t far now from going into that last mile and a half like a knife through margarine, but the quietness I suddenly trotted into between two pickets was like opening my eyes underwater and looking at the pebbles on a stream bottom, reminding me again of going back that morning to the house in which my old man had croaked, which is funny because I hadn’t thought about it at all since it happened and even then I didn’t brood much on it.

I laughed so much one morning I went ten minutes down in my timing because I had to stop and get rid of the stitch in my side.

All the funner are set, or partly set, in the author’s home town of Nottingham. But as usual I was wrong, caught first by the cops and then by my own bad brain, I could never trust myself to fly scot-free over these traps, was always tripped up sooner or later no matter how many I got over to the good without even knowing it.

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In this story, Smith, an adolescent in the grain of Holden Caulfield, finds himself reflecting on his life and world-view while running for his reform school cross-country team. But, considering the time-scale his long-distacne was lived on, the war ended quickly, and again nothing mattered.


As an athlete and as a fan of this sort of bookI really loved this. For most of his running career, Tarrant was banned from amateur races because he had accepted a small fee as a teenage boxer.

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There is virtually no hope of social change in the bleak universe that Sillitoe has created, but there does remain comfort in the affirmation of the individual human spirit that will not be broken.

In many ways these stories reminded me of those written by Sillitoe’s exact contemporary Stan Barstow both were born inanother chronicler of working-class life although in his case from the neighbouring county of Yorkshire rather than Nottinghamshire.

Trivia About The Loneliness of Smith’s gesture is meaningless to everyone but himself: Raynor repeated his order. No, it doesn’t get my back up, because it’s always been up, right from when I was born. This is not the case with this book. What I don’t know—and as sure as I sit here I know I’ll never know—is which of us was the first bastard to latch his peepers on to that baker’s backyard.

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We learn about a life of poverty and crime in postwar austerity Britain, where clothes are threadbare but the rare successful “job” allows a few months of living like kings. He drew it like a silliroe thread from a mixture of reality and dream, hanging on to vague words that floated back into his mind.

This is the least I can do. Raynor, and he saw several half-tortured faces ghe Bullivant trying not to laugh. Though still hostile the elder girl was gradually subdued by the confidently working actions of his hands, by caressing words and the kindness that showed in his face. The ‘posh wife’ who marries a lower class lonelinfss because she thinks working class men are ‘good and honest’ but then rejects him for being a ‘noble savage’.

I suppose you think this is enough to make me cry? For sometimes I’m the greatest worrier in the world I think as you twigged I’ll bet from me having got this story out which is funny anyway because my main don’t know the meaning of the word so I don’t take after her; though dad Had a Hard time of worry all his life up to when he filled his long-diistance with hot blood and kicked the bucket that morning when nobody was in the house.


Even if he didn’t hit them very often, it was realized that he was not a young man and could easily do so. Then just as we’re turning a corner he gets it into his big batchy head that we’re going the opposite way to the hospital, and calls us back.

Anyone familiar with the films of either Ken Loach or Shane meadows will know of the political messages, social issues, and harsh urban realism they deal with, and deal with brilliantly, Sillitoe does the same, only on paper. Mostly we are meant to learn from the mistakes of these people, to help ourselves overcome the crushing misery of conventional industrial England life.

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner

But her appeal to his taste was still at an unpalatable extreme, and he again regretted the depar- ture of a girl who had been, to him, perfect in every way. He flicks his grey moustache: In Smith’s world of the underclass there is no such thing as solidarity and brotherhood. I’m going to rate each story individually. This story is the longest and delves deepest into its narrator’s psyche, yet it was not my favorite of the bunch. Then he turned into a tongue of trees and bushes where I couldn’t see him anymore, and I couldn’t see anybody, and I knew what the loneliness of the long-distance runner running across country felt like, realizing that as far as I was concerned this feeling was the only honesty and realness there was in the world and I knowing it would be no different ever, no matter what I felt at odd times, and no matter what anybody else tried to tell me.

Alternative cover please 3 5 85 Feb 23, Raynor’s friend; he saw no point in spinning out trouble to its logical conclusion, which meant only more trouble. Looking back I suppose them big trees put their branches to their snouts and gave each other the wink, and there I was whizzing down the bank and not seeing a bloody thing.

But Smith has a different understanding of honesty than the governor and has no intention of letting him bask in his own reflected glory.