The Loneliness Of The Long-Distance Runner

loneliness‘The Loneliness Of The Long-Distance Runner’ (1959) by Alan Sillitoe

Another of the seemingly unending string of books that cause me to ask – “Why did I wait so long before reading this?” Having no prior familiarity with what it might contain other than what I had read on the front/back covers before placing it back on the shelf at a used bookstore the few times it had caught my eye, for some reason last week I picked it up and decided to give it a try. It was a good, enjoyable read. Actually a collection of nine short stories contained in 144 pages with the title story the longest of the group.

All the tales are from an early/mid 20th century English working-class perspective with people dealing with their lot in life whether they succumb to, learn to live with or overcome the situations they face.

The only challenge for me was learning to decipher the particular British dialect all the stories were written in but it was a learning experience – I now understand ‘Borstal Boys’ is more than a song by the Faces.


About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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