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Look Inside. 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.

Its title story recounts the story of a reform school cross-country runner who seizes the perfect opportunity to defy the authority that governs his life. It is a pure masterpiece. Alan Sillitoe was born in , the son of a tannery worker. He left school at age fourteen to work in a factory. He was one of the working-class novelists who revitalized British fiction in the s.

His first novel… More about Alan Sillitoe. A sheer delight. Sillitoe is a born writer, who knows his milieu and describes it with vivid, loving precision. Read An Excerpt. Category: Literary Fiction. Add to Cart. Also available from:. Paperback —. About The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner 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.

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The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner

Look Inside. 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. Its title story recounts the story of a reform school cross-country runner who seizes the perfect opportunity to defy the authority that governs his life. It is a pure masterpiece. Alan Sillitoe was born in , the son of a tannery worker.

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The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner

The screenplay adaptation was written by Alan Sillitoe from Sillitoe's short story of the same name. It tells the story of a rebellious youth played by Tom Courtenay , sentenced to a borstal for burgling a bakery, who gains privileges in the institution through his prowess as a long-distance runner. During his solitary runs, reveries of important events before his incarceration lead him to re-evaluate his status as the prize athlete of the Governor Michael Redgrave , eventually undertaking a rebellious act of personal autonomy and suffering an immediate loss of privileges. The film poster's byline is "you can play it by rules The film depicts Britain, and in particular the Borstal system, in the late s to early s as an elitist place, bleak for working- to middle-class people.

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Alan Sillitoe illustrates this difference with the figures of the director of a young offenders' institution, "our doddering bastard of a governor, our half-dead gangrened gaffer", and an inmate, Smith, who is encouraged to run both as self-improvement and for the glory of the institution. 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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Literature about running has changed over the course of history. Running gives him pleasure through reflection, which helps him take the athleticism out of the sport. The action of running allows Smith to give clarity to his political insights. The training of long-distance running gives Smith the ability to share his political insights with his readers. Sillitoe uses running as a metaphor for living and the tension that comes from living in the working class society of Britain. Sillitoe uses running in his story as a means of isolation.

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