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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.

Some people are so mean- gutted that even if they’ve only got tuppence more than you and they think you’re the sort that would take it if you have half the chance, they’d get you put inside if they saw you ripping lead out of a lavatory, even if it weren’t their lavatory —just to keep their tuppence out of your reach.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia. If you develop a stage play, then you could find a theatre company that wants to perform it. For me, it was a captivating story, although the telling of the story seemed old-fashioned and slightly off-putting. Apr 24, Alison rated it it was amazing. In a different way he hates those who own property and those who run the country the middle classes and the upper class.

But I got past that when I knew I already was in a war of my own, that I was born into one, that I grew up hearing the sound of ‘old soldiers’ who’d been over the top at Dartmoor, half -killed at Lincoln, trapped in no-man’s-land at Borstal, that sounded louder than any Jerry bombs. Ernest looked up and smiled. From leaving school at fourteen to get a series of jobs in factories, to playing with sticks and stones and climbing walls because there were no toys or anything else to do, to having to join the army to fight in WWII, the lives of the characters in these stories seem a million miles away from my own, and yet in reality they were just just my grandparents’ and parents’ generation.


On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Because another thing people like the governor will never understand is that I am honest, that I’ve never been anything else but honest, and that I’ll always be honest.

You have to, because you’ll never get that sort of knife in your own hands, and this unarmed combat doesn’t amount to much. The language was evocative and I could picture everything perfectly. So I try to kick this feeling out and act like I’m the first man on earth. I was rather fond of some of the later ones that have a bit of wit and humour about them. Sillitoe lets Smith tell his own story: The title story is the best known, owing largely to the film of the same name, directed by Tony Richardson and starring Tom Courtenay and Michael Redgrave.

Loading comments… Trouble loading? Off like the wind along the cobbled footpath and rutted lane, smoother than the flat grass track on the field and better for thinking because it’s not too smooth, and I was in my element that afternoon knowing that nobody could beat me at running but intending to beat myself before the day was over.

This is one of the saddest books I have ever read; not because it contains so much misery but rather because it is so brilliantly described that it feels so real. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, it will pleasantly surprise you.

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner

I gave the same answer a pal of mine gave when someone asked him how much he hated it in the army. Smith has a real talent for the sport and could easily have won the race, but quite deliberately chooses to lose it, stopping running just short of the finishing line to allow another runner to pass him.

In this story, Smith, an adolescent in the grain of Holden Caulfield, finds himself reflecting on his life and world-view while running for his reform school cross-country team. Quotes from The Loneliness of Among texts with similar themes are various novels and short stories by classic authors.

Now you’d think, and I’d think, and anybody with a bit of imagination would think, that we’d done as clean a job as could ever be done, that, with the baker’s shop being at least a mile from where we lived, and with not a soul having seen us, and what with the fog and the fact that we weren’t more than five minutes in the place, that the coppers should never have been able to trace us.

The two detectives acted quickly and competently, yet without apparent haste. Everybody’s dead, I answer. If you are using Netscape Navigatora left mouse-click will give you a menu, from which you can choose to open or save the file. Some of the activities here can be used also for assessment in speaking and listening, in original writing and in wider reading.


It is full of life and anger and sadness. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. 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 distahce. Who do you think you are?

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I would daughters of my own. Which kind of story is this one? It was not unlike The Catcher in the Rye in that way, and also as a transitional book: A “Borstal”, named after the Sillitor village in which the first such institution was situated, was at this period a special prison for young offenders.

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

Especially for a writer who’s acclaimed for giving life to working-class protagonists who usually get ignored in british lit, it seems like he doesn’t have a lot of sympathy for his own creations. I only wanted to hang myself. When my first pay night came I called for her and asked: It was a good idea. The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner.

Smith, the only name this character receives, has received a two-year prison sentence for breaking into a local bakery, but he has discovered a way to improve the conditions of his stay in jail. Now and again I break my rhythm to feel my left shoulderblade by swinging a right hand across my chest as if to rub the knife away that has somehow got stuck there.

But it’s got me in the stomach. With some narratives you can add to the story TV soap operas are designed to make this always a possibility. I’m a human being and I’ve got thoughts and secrets and bloody life inside me that he doesn’t know is there, and he’ll never know what’s there because he’s stupid.

So they are, I maintain, but then most of them never know it like I’m beginning to do, and it’s a bloody shame that this has come to me at last when I could at least do with it, and when it’s too bloody late to get anything bad from it. Is this feature helpful?