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It’s supposed to be a good Borstal, at least that’s what the governor said to me when I got here from Nottingham. The 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. He tried to remember things that had happened and felt panic when he discovered a thirty -year vacuum.

The main difference between this story and the film is that in the story we are told immediately that Smith is going to throw the race. The stories can be as poignant as Uncle Ernest, a recovering alcoholic who befriends and financially supports two poor girls until he returns to his addiction after he’s suspected of being a pervert by police. Sillitoe the writer wants to show how such a person tries to fight against the system, and how he can succeed, but only by hurting himself.

Her round eager eyes were fascinated, yet fol- lowed each movement of his hands with some apprehension.

But Bullivant recognized the dispensation of a truce, and merely said: Si prepara per la gara che il direttore del riformatorio gli ha raccomandato di vincere: 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. Tea swilled from a huge brown spout—into a cup that had a crack emerging like a hair above the layer of milk—and a spoon clinked after it into the steam. What I don’t know—and as sure as I sit here I know I’ll never know—is which of us was the first bastard to latch his peepers on to that baker’s backyard.

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. He looked, and saw Bulli- vant on his feet thumping the boy at the desk in front with all his might.

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner by Alan Sillitoe

I saw him set on a bloke once for no more than fixing him in a funny way with his eyes, and it turned out that the bloke was cockeyed but nobody knew it because he’d just that day come to live in our street. Smith constantly refers in this section to the way the governor thinks of him as like a race-horse.

Now the words are like coming from a crys- tal-set that’s broken down, and something’s happening inside the shell-case of my guts that bothers me and Rhe don’t know why or what to blame it on, a grinding near my ticker as though a bag of rusty screws is loose inside me and I shake them up every time I trot for- ward.


English Choose a language for shopping. 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. Agosto – Septiembre Bulli- vant the rowdiest subsided only after his head was well turned from the window; but the noise went on.

He had watched her work and talk or on wet afternoons stand at the counter as if in a trance. If truth and honesty can exist anywhere, Sillitoe asserts, they survive in lnoeliness ability to look squarely at oneself in the face of all the odds.

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

But it’s got me in the stomach. I’m out now and the heat’s switched on sillifoe, but the rats haven’t got me for the wlan big thing I pulled. Then he turned into a tongue of trees and bushes where I couldn’t see him anymore, and I couldn’t see anybody, and I knew what the loneliness of the long-distance runner running across country felt like, realizing that as far as I was concerned this feeling was the only honesty and realness there was in the world and I knowing it would be no different ever, no matter what I felt at odd times, and no matter what anybody else tried to tell me.

Bullivant and most of the others would be leaving in two months, and he could keep them in koneliness for that short time.

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner

I suppose that since I started to think on these long-distance runs I’m liable to have anything crop up and pester at my tripes and innards, and now that I see my bloody dad lobeliness each grass-blade in my barmy runner-brain I’m not so sure I like to think and that it’s such a good thing after all. Well, I’m not grumbling, because if I did I might just as well win this bleeding race, which I’m not going to do, though if I don’t lose speed I’ll win it before I know where I am, and then where would I ghe And a purpose to the audience, which I admire.

Yet a sudden embarrassment at having no food on the table to justify a prolonged rinner of it sent him to the counter for tea and cakes.

Gunthorpe nearly caught me up. If you are using this guide on a computer system, then you ought to open the application software you think most helpful for various tasks, as you see the need for it.

I’ve just come up out of the sunken lane, kneed and elbowed, thumped and bramble-scratched, and the race is twothirds over, and a voice is going like a wireless in my mind saying that when you’ve had enough of feeling good like the first man on earth of a frosty morning, and you’ve known how it is to be taken bad like the last man on earth on a summer’s af- ternoon, then you get at last to being like the only man on earth and don’t give a bogger about either good or bad, but just trot on with your slippers slapping the good dry soil that at least would never do you a bad turn.


I thought how good it was that blokes like that poor baker didn’t stash all his cash in one of the big marble-fronted banks that take up every corner of the town, how lucky for us that he did- n’t trust them no matter how many millions of tons of concrete or how many iron bars and boxes they were made of, or how many coppers kept their blue pop-eyed peepers glued on to them, how smashing it was that he believed in money-boxes when so many shop- keepers thought it old-fashioned and tried to be modern by using a bank, which wouldn’t give a couple of sincere, honest, hardworking, conscientious blokes like Mike and me a chance.

Loyalty is something that simply does not exist in these circumstances, and trust is a silly idea for fools. Showing of 54 reviews. Each story had a life of it’s own, but what I found truly remarkable was Sillitoe’s ability to speak with a united voice and a united opinion whilst still giving each story a uniqueness.

But the last one, he had discovered, on opening the newspaper one evening by the trafficlights at the corner, had been murdered by the young man who came to meet her. He was wholly absorbed in doing good and, at the same time, fighting the feeling of loneliness that he still remembered, but only as a nightmare is remembered. Published July 16th by Harper Perennial first published Portrait of a discarded marriage and a coveted picture over the years.

The story was adapted for a film of the same title. And the telly made all these things seem twenty times better than we’d ever thought they were. For him, to win the race would be tacitly to accept the premises of a self-serving establishment, and his own sense of defiance and self-worth can only be maintained by his individual conception of honesty.

Mar 03, Larissa Rowan rated it really liked it Shelves: The potbellies expected me to say something else.

Thank you for your feedback. 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. This story is obviously at least partially autobiographical; Frankie addresses the narrator as “Alan”, and Alan is a writer of stories about his old neighborhood. Night after night we sat in front of the telly with a ham sandwich pf 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.