ALAN SILLITOE THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER PDF

The title story, a long narrative by an angry, alienated young British man whos been sent to a Borstal--a juvenile detention center intended to reform or educate juvenile criminals. He is so full of rage that he deliberately makes a choice that is inimical to his own interests. For me, it was a captivating story, although the telling of the story seemed old-fashioned and slightly off-putting. The characters are working poor, or often non-working poor. They generally engage in casual violence against women or children and often in casual theft as well as the not-so-casual kind. Theft in these stories is not so much out of need or even out of the envy for glitzy consumer goods we hear about in America today, but for matters that are not forward-looking-- candy or a ride at the carnival.

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He will eventually stop short of the finishing line, forcing the hated governor to watch him throw victory away. The same question — race to win or just run senselessly? For Smith, "running had always been made much of in our family, especially running away from the police".

We learn about a life of poverty and crime in postwar austerity Britain, where clothes are threadbare but the rare successful "job" allows a few months of living like kings. Smith is a reactionary outcast, refusing to internalise liberal narratives of rehabilitation. The story doubles as a manifesto for thinking deeply — if he had been writing a decade or two later, Sillitoe would probably have called this "meditation".

Witness what he says here: "By God, to say that last sentence has needed a few hundred miles of long-distance running. I could no more have said that at first than I could have took a million-pound note from my back-pocket. What do you think? Which other running books would you like to see covered in the running blog book club? John McKeane blogs at ofthelongdistancerunner.

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Colin is then shown with a group of other young men, all handcuffed. They are being taken to Ruxton Towers, a detention centre for juvenile offenders, an approved school. It is overseen by the Governor Michael Redgrave , who believes that the hard work and discipline imposed on his charges will ultimately make them useful members of society. Colin, sullen and rebellious, immediately catches his eye as a test of his beliefs. The Governor sees the invitation as an important way to demonstrate the success of his rehabilitation programme. The jobless Colin indulges in petty crime in the company of his best friend, Mike James Bolam. His mother moves her lover into the house; an argument ensues, and she tells Colin to leave until he can bring home some money.

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He will eventually stop short of the finishing line, forcing the hated governor to watch him throw victory away. The same question — race to win or just run senselessly? For Smith, "running had always been made much of in our family, especially running away from the police". We learn about a life of poverty and crime in postwar austerity Britain, where clothes are threadbare but the rare successful "job" allows a few months of living like kings. Smith is a reactionary outcast, refusing to internalise liberal narratives of rehabilitation.

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