Literary reviews by Tim Love.
Warning: Rather than reviews, these are often notes in preparation for reviews that were never finished, or pleas for help with understanding pieces. See Litref Reviews - a rationale for details.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

"The loneliness of the long distance runner" by Alan Sillitoe (Harper Perennial, 2007)

First published in 1959. I think I might have read it long ago. I'd forgotten that the title story doesn't have a surprise ending. I think nowadays there'd be less literary compromise - the first-person syntax would be simpler. Amongst the other stories, which haven't aged that well, are many book readers, unhappy couples, dead fathers, loners, and challengers of authority.

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