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The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner Smith a defiant young rebel inhabits the no man s land of institutionalised Borstal As his steady jog trot rhythm transports him over an unrelenting frost bitten earth he wonders why for whom an

Smith, a defiant young rebel, inhabits the no man s land of institutionalised Borstal As his steady jog trot rhythm transports him over an unrelenting, frost bitten earth, he wonders why, for whom, and for what he is running.A groundbreaking collection of stories, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner captured the grim isolation of the working class in the English MiSmith, a defiant young rebel, inhabits the no man s land of institutionalised Borstal As his steady jog trot rhythm transports him over an unrelenting, frost bitten earth, he wonders why, for whom, and for what he is running.A groundbreaking collection of stories, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner captured the grim isolation of the working class in the English Midlands when it was first published in the late 1950s But Sillitoe s depiction of petty crime and deep seated anger in industrial and desperate cities remains as potent today as it was over half a century ago.

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  1. Alan Sillitoe Susanne Lenz says:
    Alan Sillitoe was an English writer, one of the Angry Young Men of the 1950s although he, in common with most of the other writers to whom the label was applied, had never welcomed it.For see enpedia wiki Alan_Sil

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  1. Evan says:
    I didn t like him trying to accuse me of something he wasn t sure I d done They can spy on us all day to see if we re pulling our puddings and if we re doing our athletics , but they can t make an X ray out of our guts to find out what we re telling ourselves If you re thinking this is a sports book from the title, think again 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 It is ful [...]

  2. StevenGodin says:
    Alan Sillitoe burst onto the British literary scene in the late 50s early 60s writing tough and gritty stories predominantly set in the Midlands amongst the working class poor, and dole recipients of a Britain in decline in the post war years 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 The Loneliness of the Long Dista [...]

  3. Alessandro Pontorno says:
    Se qualcuno ha avuto l ardire di leggere la mia recensione dei Nove Racconti di Salinger, sapr che non mi sono trovato d accordo con gli elogi riservati a quel libro, n al di l di apprezzare l eleganza della scrittura ho capito l insensata mancanza di logica delle trame dei suddetti.Con una certa malizia vi invito a leggere questo libro di Sillitoe, composto fatalit proprio da nove racconti non lo scopro certo io, ma dai commenti letti negli anni molti recensori si dilungavano sul brano che d il [...]

  4. Dan says:
    I d say three stars for the title story, but two for most of the rest The title story, a long narrative by an angry, alienated young British man who s been sent to a Borstal a juvenile detention center intended to reform or educate juvenile criminals He is so full of rage that he deliberately makes a choice that is inimical to his own interests For me, it was a captivating story, although the telling of the story seemed old fashioned and slightly off putting For instance, the author s decision t [...]

  5. Kris says:
    This is one of the best collections of short stories, by an artist I d never heard of, that I have ever read Sillitoe was born and raised in Nottingham, England, in a working class family At the age of 14 he left school and went to work with his father in a local bicycle factory The stories in this collection mostly deal with families like Sillitoe s poor factory workers living in cramped, dirty houses where the noise, soot and grime of the nearby factory is a constant part of their lives.The ti [...]

  6. Jeff Scott says:
    RunnerVery bleak stories dealing with loneliness and desperation They are beautiful and well rounded stories that at times reminded me of Winesburg, Ohio.A young man takes to long distance running to escape life in juvenile detention The officials praise how his participation has turned him around, but the runner proves they can t control him.An old man buys lunch for two girls just so he won t be alone An ex wife keeps asking for her husbands favorite picture, just to see him buy it back from a [...]

  7. Sam says:
    I want to qualify this rating by saying that the title story in this collection is fantastic, and a few of the others were lovely in their own way But there s a feeling of smallness in these stories, and the characters with the notable exception of the runner in the first story tend to get crushed under the wheel of plot machinations Especially for a writer who s acclaimed for giving life to working class protagonists who usually get ignored in british lit, it seems like he doesn t have a lot of [...]

  8. Antonius Block says:
    Odli na zbirka pri a i o tra socijalna kritika posleratne Velike Britanije tada tridesetjednogodi njeg Alana, jednog od pripadnika pokreta angry young men koji su svojim za iljenim olovkama izgri enih krajeva boli tada nju vlast i udarali po limenim erpama u ritmu nezadovoljstva radni ke klase Pri e po inju sa tihim i izrazito nesre nim likovima koji ceo ivot rade ono to se od njih o ekuje i ele ono to se od njih o ekuje da ele, kojima je vrlo esto pru en jedan trenutak sre e u kome se kona no o [...]

  9. Alison says:
    Some of these stories of working class lives in the first half of the 20th century almost made me cry This is one of the saddest books I have ever read not because it contains so much misery but rather because it is so brilliantly described that it feels so real Reading this book it s also amazing to think how much life in Britain has changed over the past fifty years From leaving school at fourteen to get a series of jobs in factories, to playing with sticks and stones and climbing walls becaus [...]

  10. Nick Pageant says:
    I found this to be a rough go Excellently done but comes off strangely dated.

  11. Martin says:
    The 1962 film Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner is my favorite of the British New Wave, which is why a friend lent me this short story collection I love the Northern accent and slang, so I often read very slowly in order to absorb as much as I could This volume was a perfect encapsulation of a specific time and place, northern England before and a bit after the war The language was evocative and I could picture everything perfectly It s a wonder of these stories weren t translated to film [...]

  12. Keirstan says:
    I ll admit it, I bought and read Alan Sillitoe s short story collection The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner purely on the basis of the Vintage edition s attractive cover As a long distance runner myself, the bold prominence of the activity s name paired with the background image of the runner inspired me to read Sillitoe s stories of working class British life between the World Wars right away.The highlight of this collection is most certainly the eponymous lead off story, The Loneliness [...]

  13. Sean Owen says:
    The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner is an outstanding short story collection The stories here take place in working class England in the immediate pre and post WWII era The characters are all in unhappy and near inescapable circumstances They feel crushed by their lives and are only able to assert their freedom in the smallest and often most self destructive ways Sillitoe does a great job of capturing the humanity in these characters without reducing them to caricatures This book serves a [...]

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  15. Sophia Park says:
    I was mandated to read this for Ethics class well, the first, titular short story and for that matter, it s not exactly Ethics so much as Studies in Literature with a focus on morality and I have to say, I was surprised by how much I liked these stories.Sure, I m not generally a fan of short stories, but this collection was kind of different My main issue is that I take a long time to break into the setting and exposition like a good pair of shoes I have to reread the first pages a little bit to [...]

  16. ann says:
    I bought this book because I was attracted to the title, but only realized after the fact that it s an anthology The first story for which it s titled sets the tone for the whole series of stories all of which have to do with antagonism between working class characters and Authoritywhether that authority be upper class, the police, or family hierarchy The remainder of the stories are vignettes of working class life Most of them are tragedies That s not to say they re all tear jerkers with dramat [...]

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  18. Mike Jensen says:
    One of the great novellas to come from post war Britain, a brilliant exercise in sustained narrative and characterization, an utterly compelling voice Thematically, it may be summed as to thine own self be true, but the story messes with your head because the protagonist is a horrible person It is admirable that he is so true to himself, but his is a self best changed The short stories that accompany the novella are merely very good RUNNER achieves greatness Read it now.

  19. Sam says:
    I kind of feel like I may have missed something with these tales maybe I need to go back and read them again but while I did really enjoy them and really feel for the main characters and their sense of melancholy and despair, I wasn t as enamoured as I thought I might be given the reviews this has gotten and the reputation it has Maybe I read it too fast to really get pulled into the nitty gritty of each story or I m lacking a certain level of empathy but I did find that on one hand each story c [...]

  20. Víctor Antón says:
    Apoyado en la fama del primer relato que da t tulo a la obra fama posterior aunque de muy pronta aparici n en la vida de esta obra se despliegan una serie de relatos con sabor a rabia, a retrato de una situaci n concreta y muy poco transitada La voz narrativa por momentos resulta arrogante, pero siempre directa y certera Hombres y ni os hombre que habitan un mundo complicado, alienado Mucha vehemencia entre la que se cuela alg n chispazo de piedad hacia algunos personajes En general una lectura [...]


  21. Peter says:
    An authentic salty English working class voice Had anybody really captured the essence and mindset of working class British life before Alan Silitoe D.H.Lawrence had attempted it, George Orwell had examined it but this is the real thing I guess that the impact and acclaim that this book received upon it s initial release was as a result of that achievement Things have changed, life has changed, some of the ingredients listed below persist but though the England of this book and some of the chara [...]

  22. Nicholas During says:
    Here are real stories of class conflict The protagonist of the title story has to be one of the great rebels of literature, and an interesting opposite to the Marxist concept of an individual s political class consciousness In fact, he completely rejects the Marxist tradition by emphasizing his individuality even though the characters in this book are all strongly, proudly, and defiantly English working class, they reject a too strong group identity, and even perhaps have a certain spirituality [...]

  23. Jessica says:
    I am reading this based on Rachel s recommendation, and also because of the Iron Maiden song, and maybe a little bit because of the running thing.So far I m not crazy about this, but I can t say it hasn t done anything for me because I went for a run this morning along a rural road in 20 degree weather, and didn t even feel that I needed my ipod I was just happy to be wearing long pants So literary merits aside I ll get back to you left the book in the city halfway through the first story and ca [...]

  24. Larissa Rowan says:
    I will be doing a video review of this as well.So I went into this book with absolutely no expectations It being a book I had to read on my course I guess I was expecting a quite dull and boring book, but full of literary genius What I got was all of the literary genius and none of the bore From the very first story this was an incredible and captivating read Usually with short story collections I find it hard to distinguish between what happens in each story This is not the case with this book [...]

  25. Lauren says:
    A collection of short stories centered on England s working class between the 1930s and 1950s, these tales are sparse character studies of sometimes unsentimental protagonists I enjoyed them, mostly because they captured a time and way of life that is frequently mined in creative works but seldom so deftly sketched these stories are neither sentimental fluff of the good ole days nor darkly pessimistic tripe They did, however, remind me a great deal of the novels A Separate Peace and The Outsider [...]

  26. Leah says:
    As an athlete and as a fan of this sort of book, I really loved this I like the balance of scope and the intimacy It was not unlike The Catcher in the Rye in that way, and also as a transitional book Just as one could argue that Catcher led toThe Chocolate War and then the works ofChris Crutcher and thus and extreme and explicit and real stories of adolescent angst or what have you, you could make a case that Alan Sillitoe paved the way for the likes ofA Clockwork Orange and other fuck the est [...]

  27. Mandy says:
    Sillitoe is such a good writer, and this collection of short stories shows him at his best A classic of northern working class literature, it s as relevant today as it was in the 1950s it describes Some aspects of society may have changed but the anger and rebellion, the despair and disillusionment that many of his characters have to contend with are still around The title story is perhaps the best of the bunch but they re all very good, and from a historical and sociological point of view extre [...]

  28. Mia says:
    I simply couldn t put the first short story in book the title story down So much to deal with in terms of power, socially proscribed roles, making choices that make one feel alive Excellent About 50 pages.

  29. Jesse Markus says:
    I read this because there is an Iron Maiden song by the same title They actually don t have a whole lot to do with each other This book is about a naughty young bloke at a British reform school who s no bloody good for naught but running.

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