Perhaps one of the most revered works of fiction in the twentieth-century, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner is a modern classic. 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 has ratings and reviews. Evan said: I didn’t like him trying to accuse me of something he wasn’t su.

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It’s a compendium of short stories about lives lived in the mind-numbing milieu and despair of lower-class urban industrial Britain after WWII in the ’40s and ’50s.

That I do dietance. I cannot help but think, though, that some of the praise was based on appreciation for the social and political content. This leads naturally into the second section with its account of the events that have led to Smith’s being in the borstal. And the winning post was no end to it, even though crowds might be cheer- ing you in, because on you had to go before you got your breath back, and the only time you stopped really was when you tripped over a lonelinsss trunk and broke your neck or fell in- to a disused well and stayed dead in the darkness forever.

He never regrets his actions, believing it strengthened his independence and mind, even though it results in soul-destroying manual labour. What other options were there left?. In the passing of a bus he stepped to Bullivant’ s loheliness and struck him several times across the shoulders with the stick, crashing each blow down with all his force. I’m going to rate each story individually. But as far as my thinking went at that moment it wasn’t up to much, only a bit of fright that wouldn’t kf not even with a hot blow-lamp, about what we’d alsn if a copper asked us alna we were off to with that hump in my guts.

The eponymous first story is one of the best things I’ve ever read. We learn that Smith, the narrator, is in borstal, but we must wait until we reach Part Two to discover why he is there. One of the two, I had to win the race or run it, and I knew I could do both because my legs had car- ried me well in front— now coming to the short cut down the bramble bank and over the sunken road— and rumner carry me further because they seemed made of electric cable and easily alive to keep on slapping at those ruts and roots, but I’m not going to win because the only way I’d see I came in first would be if winning meant that I was going to escape the coppers after doing the biggest bank job of my life, but winning means the exact oppo- site, no matter how they try to kill or kid me, means running right into their white-gloved wall-barred hands and grinning mugs and staying there for the rest of my natural long life of stone-breaking anyway, but stone-breaking in the way I want to do it and not in the way they tell me.


She wore brown sweater and brown cardigan, a union that gave only tormenting glimpses of her upper figure, until one summer’s day when the cardigan was set aside, revealing breasts on the same classical style, hips a trifle broad, complementing nevertheless her somewhat stocky legs and fleshy redeeming calves. I was just happy to be wearing long pants! Yet things are not quite as simple as they seem, and the nature of the monologue, crude and colloquial in language and tone, underlines the tremendous class distinction between what the narrator Smith terms the “in-laws” and the “out-laws.

We all have prejudices against those who are not in our social class and we have particular prejudices against those of the lower working class. Because I’ve been doing a lot of thinking since coming here. He loses the real race, while keeping going not losing the metaphorical one.

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But for the time being I’ll let things go on as they are, which is something else I’ve learned in the last year or two. When you consider lonelinses on paper, we have no logical reason to be here.

And when the governor kept saying how ‘we’ wanted you to do this, and ‘we’ wanted you to do that, I kept looking round for the other blokes, wondering how many of them there was. Smith’s gesture is meaningless to everyone but himself: Each ‘good’ one was credit-starred upon his mind, left behind a trail of memories when it went, until a new ‘good’ one came like a solid fiscal stamp of spiritual currency that drove the other one out.

The boy raised his fists to hit back.

Raynor the Schoolteacher” 3 stars. I feel like the last man in the world because I think that all those three hundred sleepers behind me are dead. But I knew I was winning on points.

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Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Of course, I knew there were thousands of them, but as far as I knew only one was in the room. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. If I started using long and complicated words that I’d searched for in the dictionary I’d use them too many times, the same ones over and over again, with only a few sentences—if that—between each one; so I’d rather not make what Thr going to write look foolish by using dictionary words.


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After crashing a race, he would taunt the pasty race organizers to catch him if they could, while his fellow runners, loyal to the core, surrounded him like a womb and delivered his skeletal frame to another unofficial finish. It was five minutes to ten, and to ensure that the remaining time was peaceful he took out his Bible and began reading in a clear steady voice: I passed the Gunthorpe runner whose shimmy was already black with sweat and I could just see the corner of the fencedup copse in front where the only man I had to pass to win the race was going all out to gain the half-way mark.

Sillitoe the writer wants to show how such a person tries to fight against the system, and how he can succeed, but only by hurting himself.

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner

Raynor moved quickly and blocked his retreat, grabbed his arm firmly and glowered at him with blood-red face, twisted the captive limb viciously, all in a second, then pushed him free, though he stood with the stick ready in case Bullivant should come for him again.

If you’ve got a warrant. But it’s got me in the stomach. About Alan Sillitoe Alan Distancd was born inthe son of a tannery worker.

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And any advice I’d give the governor wouldn’t do him the least bit of good; it’d only trip him up sooner than if he wasn’t told at all, which I suppose is what I want to happen. The two detectives acted quickly and competently, yet without apparent haste. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

The boy can be quite blunt due to his innocence, yet is also quite world wise, or world weary, due to the harsh nature of his home life, the harshest of which is the congenitally depressive and temperamental personality of his family. Nov 27, Mr. The trouble is that we hardly know the young narrator except as the eavesdropper, so his stated intent has no impact at all. Raynor’s memory drew back upon the runners of a line recalled from Baudelaire: Learn more about Amazon Prime. His wife left him— due to his too vile temper, it was said— and his brothers went to other towns.

Will Smith continue to commit crimes, will he become more law-abiding, or will he become more skilful at evading detection?