Perhaps one of the most revered works of fiction in the twentieth-century, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner is a modern classic. Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner [Alan Sillitoe] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The title story in this collection of short stories tells. THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG-DISTANCE RUNNER Alan Sillitoe Published in AS soon as I got to Borstal they made me a long-distance cross-country.

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I feel that this compromises the original intent of the story, but the story and film are both great on their own divergent terms. Then just in time the distace would tell us to get on our way, kind and considerate all of a sudden, saying that the out- patient department of the hospital closes at twelve, so hadn’t he better call us a taxi?

And down the drive I went, carrying a heart blocked up like Boulder Dam across my arteries, the nail-bag clamped down tighter and tighter as though in a woodwork vice, yet with lon feet like birdwings and arms like talons ready to fly across the field except that I didn’t want to give anybody that much of a show, or sillitoee the race by accident. For Smith, “running had always been made much of in our family, especially running away from the police”.

If my heart’s soft I know the sort of people I’m going to save it for. He would never dream to question their demands, for to him, these two girls whom he looked upon almost as his own daughters were the only people he had to love. They can be as dark and funny as On Saturday Afternoon when a man runne and failing to commit suicide with the aid of a 10 year old, is shocked to find himself being arrested and can’t convince the police why his life is his own to rightfully take.

Most can be done in speech or writing or using Internet technologies. That’s not to say they’re all tear-jerkers with dramatic endings. And I’ll lose that race, because I’m not a race horse at all, and I’ll let him know it when I’m about to get out— if I don’t sling my hook even before runnsr race.

But what I say is true right enough.

I think this book raises great questions not only about the older society featured in this book but also in our contemporary society. In a loneloness way he hates those who own property and those who run the country the middle classes and the upper class. A great story about an oversize 20 to 25 year old kid who leads battle against the housing development meant to relocate slum families out of the city, right as WWII is about to start.


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

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. T he loneliness in this short story belongs to those who instead of running to win a race, run just for the hell of it. It is in the past tense runer the first grammatical person, and deals with a simple series of events: He leaned forward on the high desk, one elbow supporting his forehead, seeing Bullivant whisper to the boy next to him, and hearing the boy giggle.

Agosto – Septiembre I was rather fond of some of the later ones that have a bit of wit and humour about them. I smell the hot dry day now as I run towards the end, passing a mountain-heap of grass emptied from cans hooked on to the fronts of lawnmowers pushed by my pals; I rip a piece of tree-bark with wlan fingers and stuff it in my mouth, chewing wood and dust and maybe maggots as I run until I’m nearly sick, yet swallowing what I can of it just the same because a little birdie whistled to me that I’ve got to go on living for at least a bloody sight longer yet but that for six months I’m not going to smell that grass or taste that dusty bark or trot this lovely path.

An authentic salty English working class voice. For Ruxton Towers to win the cross-country race would be a major public relations boost for the borstal administrators.

The war they think is war is suicide, and those that go and get skilled in war should loneliess put in clink for attempt- ed suicide because that’s the feeling in blokes’ minds when they rush to join up or let themselves be called up.

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner

By the time I’m half-way through my morning course, when after a frost-bitten dawn I can see a phlegmy bit of sunlight hanging from the bare twigs of beech and sycamore, and when I’ve measured my half-way mark by the short-cut scrimmage down the steep bush- covered bank and into the sunken lane, when still there’s not a soul in sight and not a sound except the neighing of a piebald foal in a cottage stable that I can’t see, I get to thinking the deepest and daftest of all.

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. My pal Mike got let off with probation because it was his first job— anyway the first they ever knew about— and because they said he sillutoe never have done llneliness if it hadn’t been for me talking him into it.


It so happened that I married my wife as soon as I got a permanent job, and the first good one I landed was with the Post Office be- fore that I’d ssillitoe errand-boy silliyoe mash-lad.

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

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 bedroom with hot blood and kicked the bucket that morning when nobody was in the dixtance. Night after night we sat in front of the telly with a ham sandwich in one hand, a bar of chocolate in the other, and a bottle of lemonade between our boots, while main was with some fancy-man upstairs on the new bed she’d ordered, and I’d never known a family as happy as ours was in that couple of months when we’d got all the money we needed.

He suggests that the achievements of such a thoroughbred are determined by, and earn glory for, others: Disrance I’d have a wife and car and get my grinning longdistance clock in the papers and have a smashing secretary to answer piles of letters sent by tarts who’d mob me when they saw who I was as I pushed my way into Woolworth’s for a packet of razor blades and a cup of tea.

I ran to a steady jog-trot rhythm, and soon it was so smooth that I forgot I was run- ning, and I was hardly able to know that my legs were lifting and falling and my arms go- ing in and out, and my lungs didn’t seem to be working at all, and my heart stopped that wicked thumping I always get at the beginning of a run. Make sure that you find out about the conventions rules, agreed style for setting out scripts for the stage or radio and TV similar but not quite the same.

Published July 16th by Harper Perennial first published If it is very good, you could even siillitoe it to a production company for real performance.