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The loneliness of the long distance runner

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"Cunning is what counts in life," says the seventeen-year-old narrator of the title piece of this exuberant collection of darkly comic tales that established Alan Sillitoe as one of England's best writers and gave a voice to an entire generation of angry young men. Full of hard-won wisdom and gritty authenticity, these stories of working-class blokes slugging it out with the system in 1950's Nottingham resonate with the lusty defiance of those whose will cannot be broken by oppressive poverty. There is the rebellious youth of "The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner," whose running becomes a metaphor for his refusal to bow to societal rules in a delinquents' home. "On Saturday Afternoon" tells the story of a young man, fed up with life and angry at the world, who learns a life lesson when he stumbles across a neighbor attempting suicide. In "Noah's Ark," a boy who plays a con game at an amusement park gets taken for a spin himself. And "The Decline and Fall of Frankie Buller" is a rollicking tale of unbridled childhood fantasy and a moving tribute to the liberating powers of imagination. Poignant, often uproarious, and full of life, these nine stories provide stunning social comentary, a collection that stands as a modern British classic.
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Grouped Work IDc81a277d-8968-e035-41a9-4e4e79a98103
Grouping Titleloneliness of the long distance runner
Grouping Authoralan sillitoe
Grouping Categorybook
Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
Last Grouping Update2020-10-20 23:11:01PM
Last Indexed2020-10-21 05:34:29AM
Novelist Primary ISBN9780452269088

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display_descriptionNine classic short stories portraying the isolation, criminality, morality, and rebellion of the working class from award-winning, bestselling author Alan Sillitoe The titular story follows the internal decisions and external oppressions of a seventeen-year-old inmate in a juvenile detention center who is known only by his surname, Smith. The wardens have given the boy a light workload because he shows talent as a runner. But if he wins the national long-distance running competition as everyone is counting on him to do, Smith will only vindicate the very system and society that has locked him up. "The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner" has long been considered a masterpiece on both the page and the silver screen. Adapted for film by Sillitoe himself in 1962, it became an instant classic of British New Wave cinema. In "Uncle Ernest," a middle-aged furniture upholsterer traumatized in World War II, now leads a lonely life. His wife has left him, his brothers have moved away, and the townsfolk treat him as if he were a ghost. When the old man finally finds companionship with two young girls whom he enjoys buying pastries for at a café, the local authorities find his behavior morally suspect. "Mr. Raynor the School Teacher" delves into a different kind of isolation-that of a voyeuristic teacher who fantasizes constantly about the women who work in a draper's shop across the street. When his students distract him from his lustful daydreams, Mr. Raynor becomes violent. The six stories that follow in this iconic collection continue to cement Alan Sillitoe's reputation as one of Britain's foremost storytellers, and a champion of the condemned, the oppressed, and the overlooked. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Alan Sillitoe including rare images from the author's estate.
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ils:.b10096929BookBooksEnglishAlfred A. Knopf, 1967, c1959.176 p. ; 21 cm.
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subject_facetElectronic books
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Fiction
Nottingham (England) -- Fiction
Working class -- Fiction
title_displayThe loneliness of the long distance runner
title_fullThe Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner: Stories [electronic resource] Sillitoe, Alan.
The loneliness of the long distance runner / by AlanSillitoe
title_shortThe loneliness of the long distance runner
topic_facetElectronic books
Social life and customs
Working class