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Alan Sillitoe (1928–2010)

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Alan Sillitoe was born on March 4, 1928 and grew up in the slums of the industrial city of Nottingham. He began to write while in the Royal Air Force, stationed in Malaya. He is best known for Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1958), which won the Author's Club Prize for the best British novel of visa mer 1958 and The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner (1959), which won Britain's Hawthornden Prize for 1960. Both books were adapted into films in 1960 and 1962 respectively. His other works include The Death of William Posters (1965), Tree on Fire (1967), Travels in Nihilon (1971), and Raw Material (1972). He died on April 25, 2010 at the age of 82. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre
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Verk av Alan Sillitoe

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1958) — Författare — 1,047 exemplar
The Ragman's Daughter (1963) 72 exemplar
Out of the Whirlpool (1987) 68 exemplar
A Start in Life (1970) 65 exemplar
The Widower's Son (1976) 61 exemplar
The Death of William Posters (1965) 58 exemplar
The Storyteller (1977) 52 exemplar
Travels in Nihilon (1971) 50 exemplar
Key to the Door (1962) 48 exemplar
Raw Material (1972) 46 exemplar
The General (1962) 44 exemplar
Men, Women and Children (1973) 43 exemplar
Guzman, Go Home (1968) 40 exemplar
A Tree on Fire (1967) 33 exemplar
Birthday (2001) 31 exemplar
New and Collected Stories (2003) 30 exemplar
Life Without Armour (1995) 28 exemplar
The Lost Flying Boat (1983) 28 exemplar
The Broken Chariot (1998) 27 exemplar
The Flame of Life (1974) 27 exemplar
Her Victory (1982) 27 exemplar
Gadfly in Russia (2007) 24 exemplar
Alligator Playground (1997) 24 exemplar
Down from the Hill (1984) 20 exemplar
Collected Stories (1995) 20 exemplar
The German Numbers Woman (1999) 20 exemplar
The Open Door (1989) 20 exemplar
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner [1962 film] (2007) — Screenwriter — 17 exemplar
A Man of His Time (2004) 17 exemplar
A Sillitoe Selection (1968) 16 exemplar
Snowstop (1993) 15 exemplar
Life goes on (1985) 15 exemplar
Road to Volgograd (1964) 14 exemplar
Moggerhanger (2016) 12 exemplar
Modern Short Stories 2: 1940-1980 (1982) — Bidragsgivare — 12 exemplar
Last Loves (1990) 8 exemplar
The Saxon Shore Way (1983) 7 exemplar
Collected Poems (1993) 7 exemplar
Leonard's War: A Love Story (1991) 7 exemplar
Counterpoint (1968) 5 exemplar
Every Day of the Week (1987) 4 exemplar
Fußball. Erzählungen II. (1991) 4 exemplar
The Rats 3 exemplar
A Flight of Arrows (2003) 3 exemplar
Mimic [short story] (1977) 3 exemplar
Storm : new poems (1974) 3 exemplar
Tublid naised : [jutustus] (1963) 2 exemplar
The Far Side of the Street (1988) 1 exemplar
Her Victory, Part 1 of 2 (1985) 1 exemplar
The Match [short story] (1959) 1 exemplar
Nottinghamshire (1987) 1 exemplar
Sillitoe Alan 1 exemplar

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Sillitoe, Alan
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, UK
London, England, UK
Montpellier, France
Kent, England, UK
London, England, UK
factory worker
air traffic control assistant
short-story writer
Fainlight, Ruth (wife)
Royal Air Force
Priser och utmärkelser
Honorary Freeman of Nottingham City (2008)
Kort biografi
[from jacket of We]
Novelist and playwright Alan Sillitoe has produced many celebrated novels and short stories including Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner, both of which were written in Spain and became widely acclaimed.



Squalid without being sensationalized. Charming and melancholy. It's hard being a human, but failure isn't as dramatic as all that.

First story is the British cousin of Catcher in the Rye, a bit.

Some of these are very slice of life, which is fine.

I first heard of this from Iron Maiden.
3Oranges | 26 andra recensioner | Jun 24, 2023 |
In the first, longer, section of the book, Saturday night, Arthur Seaton comes across as rather invincible. Earning a good wage in mindless work in a bicycle factory, making an effort to dress well, carrying out with two married women, drinking too much. In the second part, he's a bit more tentative and open, even if he's still convinced he knows better than anyone. As a novel, I found this book interesting to read, as a character I couldn't really stand Arthur for the most part.
mari_reads | 16 andra recensioner | May 3, 2023 |
Arthur Seaton, su protagonista, es un muchacho de veintidós años, poco amante de los compromisos y que trabaja a destajo de lunes a viernes en una fábrica de bicicletas, en el sombrío Nottingham de los primeros años de la posguerra. Pero Arthur vive con los ojos puestos en el fin de semana. Cada sábado por la noche bebe hasta caerse redondo en el pub, se mete en todas las peleas que encuentra y trata de llevarse a la cama a las esposas de sus compañeros de trabajo. Sin embargo, pronto descubrirá que lo que cree que le hace libre constituye en realidad una cárcel, y que su existencia de rebelde tiene un lado oscuro cuyo rigor le es difícil imaginar.… (mer)
Natt90 | 16 andra recensioner | Mar 16, 2023 |
"I'm me and nobody else; and whatever people think I am or say I am, that's what I'm not, because they can't know a bloody thing about me."

It's shortly after the end of World War II; Arthur is a worker at a Nottingham factory, still living at home, biding his time until the weekends. He spends his evenings at the pub, and is having sex with Brenda, the wife of one of his friends at the factory who works the night shift. He chooses married women because he knows they will make no demands on him. As I was reading this, I was struck by how much Arthur reminded me of Michael Caine's Alfie. Of course, the good times can't last forever.

And despite Arthur's perception of "good times," Silitoe does a masterful job of showing us the limitations of the dead end lives of the working class in Great Britain after the war. This was his debut novel (made into a well-regarded movie starring Albert Finley), and we are made to see the disillusionment and lack of opportunities facing the young working class, even if, like Arthur, they don't recognize it themselves. Recommended.

3 1/2 stars
… (mer)
arubabookwoman | 16 andra recensioner | Feb 1, 2023 |



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