The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner
Reissue of a groundbreaking work of fiction from one of our best loved authors. The title story in this classic collection tells of Smith, a defiant young rebel, inhabiting the no-man's land of institutionalised Borstal. As his steady jog-trot rhythm transports him over an unrelenting,... show more
Reissue of a groundbreaking work of fiction from one of our best loved authors. The title story in this classic collection tells of Smith, a defiant young rebel, inhabiting 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 work, '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 1960s. But Sillitoe's depiction of petty crime and deep-seated anger in industrial and desperate cities remains as potent today as it was almost half a century ago.
Publish date: July 16th 2007
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 176
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Modern Classics
, Short Stories
, Sports And Games
The titular story of this collection is again most readily associated with the 1962 film of the same name starring Tom Courtenay, Michael Redgrave and James Bolam. Unlike Sillitoe’s novel, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, this story more blatantly encompasses the ideas surrounding the Angry Young ...
I think I dropped a star just for the trick ending, which put the kibosh on an otherwise brilliant analysis of whether winning means losing oneself.Alan Sillitoe has been described as a major voice of (British) working-class lit in the 60s, but I suspect that the ending assigned to this hapless blok...
I tried. And I tried. I let it rest and had some walk around. I got my breath back and tried once again.Well, it doesn't catch me. It's like trying to win a sprint running backwards. Wait! This one suits better with the mood of the book: it's like trying to win a marathon dragging a ball and chain.A...
Enoch's Two LettersA young boy arrives home from school only to find his tea unprepared and the fire out. He waits patiently for his mother and father to come home - and wonders what will happen if they never walk through the front door again. One of a selection of stories from one of the UK's maste...