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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Sillitoe never expressly passes judgement on Smith’s attitude to life, and some have certainly seen him as an admirable character, a working-class hero standing up to the System. 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.

Suggestions for improvement are welcome. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. I trotted on along the edge of a field bordered by the sunken lane, smelling green grass and honeysuckle, and I felt as though I came from a long line of whippets trained to run on two legs, only I couldn’t see a toy rabbit in front and there wasn’t a collier’s cosh behind to make me keep up the pace.

He made a timid ges- ture with his hand. By God, to say that last sentence has needed a few hundred miles of long-distance running. Well, I’ll always feel during every bit of my life like those daft kids should have felt before we broke them up. Sillitoe makes this symbolism or metaphor more vivid in that Smith is also literally running a race, against other borstal inmates.

It is principally an account of the race, but even in this Sillitoe switches from the use of the past to the use of the present tense and back to give certain passages greater immediacy. For several hours, the long-distance runner becomes a sober and well-hydrated flaneur carousing through city streets, absorbing floods of impressions and assembling the images and thoughts that will animate her post-run account. About The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner Perhaps one of the most revered works of fiction in the twentieth-century, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner is a modern classic about integrity, courage, and bucking the system.

Now I can hear the sportsground noise and music as I head back for the flags and the lead-in drive, the fresh new feel of underfoot gravel going against the iron muscles of my legs.

However, more than half of these stories are dated back to the 40s and 50s. I love the Northern accent and slang, so I often read very slowly in order to absorb as much as I could. They’ll always be honest now, because I made them so. It’s a treat, being a long-distance runner, out in the world by yourself with not a soul to make you bad-tempered or tell you what to do or that there’s a shop to break and enter a bit back from the next street.


He wanted to say so many things, but the words would not come to his lips.

He’d have had me where I’d have had him if I’d been in his place: You can open the document in your browser window, or save it download to a local drive in your computer.

He was one of the working-class novelists thee revitalized British fiction in the s.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. The potbellies expected me to say something else. English Choose a language for shopping. He co-opts it to turn the idea of victory tbe its sillltoe, to gain revenge against the system and “win” in his own way. To begin with, the adverts on the telly had shown us how much more there was in the world to buy than we’d ever dreamed of when we’d looked into shop windows but hadn’t seen all there was to see be- cause we didn’t have the money to buy it with anyway.

The noise broke into him, sunk him down to reality like cold water entering a ship. Rainwater does summat to ’em that don’t bear thinkin’ about: But her appeal to his taste was still at an unpalatable extreme, and he again aan the depar- ture of a girl who had been, to him, perfect in every way.

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner – running blog book club

Smith’s experience with his family bears out his conclusions, for his father died a horrible death of stomach londliness after a lifetime of slaving in a factory, while his mother was constantly unfaithful to her husband. And now the governor talks to me when he comes on his rounds, almost as he’d talk to his prize race horse, if he had one.

I’m going to rate each ov individually. His first novel… More about Alan Sillitoe. Lonelinses routine check-up, as they say on the pictures. His only friend is Mike, another delinquent youth who helps him carry out the robbery; they can think of nothing to do with their loot except to travel to the nearest seaside resort and spend it on gambling machines and cheap tarts.

What House are you in, Robinson? When he is caught by the police for robbing a bakery, Smith is sentenced to be confined in Ruxton Towers in Essexa borstal prison school for delinquent youths. The remainder of the stories are vignettes of working class life. Stilltoe’s full length novel Saturday Night and Sunday morning is equally well done and worth exploring if you enjoy these stories.


To see what siillitoe friends thought of this book, please sign up. Parentless and institutionalized, the teenager, named Smith, starts running to release an inner hydrant of anger.

If you are not a good reader, just do half an hour or so at a time. Smith is a reactionary outcast, refusing to internalise liberal narratives of rehabilitation.

I may need to read this again in the coming years. Who was the brother of Moses? Her sister looked at her with disapproval, making it plain that she had said the wrong thing and that she should only speak under guidance. Will Smith continue to commit crimes, will he become more law-abiding, or will he become more skilful at evading detection?

You should know what you’re doing, and have more sense. Sillitoe was born and raised in Nottingham, England, in a working-class family. Long-distance running gives the character an ability to freely escape from society without the pressures of a team, which may be found in other athletic stories.

If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorerthen a left mouse-click will open the file in its associated program, and a right mouse-click will give you a menu, from which you can choose to save the file. The first thing is that them bastards over us aren’t as daft as they most of the time look, and for another thing I’m not so daft as I would look if I tried to make a break for it on my longdistance running, because to abscond and then get caught is nothing but a mug’s game, and I’m not falling for it.

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Chimes to the value of half past ten boomed from the Council-house clock. Sometimes I think that I’ve never been so free as during that couple of hours when I’m trotting up the path out of the gates and turning by that bare-faced, big-bellied oak tree at the lane end. They turned the house upside down and inside out like an old sock, went from top to bottom and tbe to kong-distance but naturally didn’t find a thing.

Smith resigns himself to the drudgery of manual labour he is returned to.