It tells the story of a rebellious youth played by Tom Courtenaysentenced to a borstal ' Approved School ' for burgling a bakery, who gains privileges in the institution through his prowess as a long-distance runner. Sillitoe's character Smith uses running as a way to mentally reflect, allowing Smith to give clarity to his political insights and share them with the reader.
The jobless Colin indulges in petty crime in the company of his best friend, Mike James Bolam. Sillitoe was an author who believed in the unadulterated sport of running.
Next, we see Colin in handcuffs with a group of other similarly encumbered young men. Fatally inflicted by cancer, Smith's father died a painful death.
Many of the working class jobs were automated and standardised. Sillitoe has used running to give his character a chance to reflect upon his social status and also to escape from the reality that the poor in Britain are faced with. The Governor is intensely angry. Just yards from the finish line, he stops running and remains in place, despite the calls, howls and protests from the Ruxton Towers crowd, especially the Governor.
He is a diehard rebel that is destined to always stick to his beliefs, and is willing to sacrifice all in a battle against his greatest enemy and opressor, society.
The short story ""The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"" by Alan Sillitoe gave this genre a political perspective that changed the vision of a literary "runner". Smith, the narrator of the story, is also a writer and he is an allegoric version of Sillitoe and the isolation that all authors suffer from.
The hunger for possession that drives the psyche of the most rapacious of that class of humanity, has wrought fearful dispossession and destruction through their desire to both control and commodify without personal work or physical input of all that is necessity and valued by humanity.
Colin symbolically burns some of his portion of the insurance money and uses the rest to treat Mike and two girls they meet to an outing in Skegnesswhere Colin confesses to his date, Audrey Topsy Jane that she is the first woman he's ever had sex with.
At the end of the film, Colin is back in the machine shop, punished and now ignored by The Governor.
The Governor was once a runner himself, and he is especially keen on Colin's abilities because, for the first time, his charges have been invited to compete in a five-mile cross-country run against Ranley, a nearby public school with privileged pupils from upper-class families.
The Governor sees the invitation as an important way to demonstrate the success of his rehabilitation programme. Smith is not money hungry, he steels simply to get by.
In the UK the long Sunday run is often done in isolation, but in South Africa, where many runners are preparing for Comradesthe Sunday run is a social, early morning affair followed by brunch at a cafe they start very early.
With the prospect of a light workload gone, Smith resigns himself to the drudgery of the soul-destroying manual labour he is forced to do. Colin also witnesses the kind of treatment given to his fellows who are not so fortunate: The jobless Colin indulges in petty crime in the company of his best friend, Mike James Bolam.
Smith is offered a light workload for his last six months at Ruxton Towers if he wins in an important cross-country competition against a prestigious public school.
He is honest to himself and is true to who he is and always be. But he seems calm, even content, because in the end, he refused to buckle under to authority and has settled into the loneliness of the title. Colin may use his running to demonstrate what he considers his ultimate act of freedom.
This is why Smith chooses to forfeit the race.Apr 01, · Colin Smith in Sillitoe’s The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner is an example of this kind of antihero as throughout the short story the reader finds themself sympathetic towards Colin’s actions despite the fact that they are not the typical kind of actions we root for in a hero in modern day movies and literature.
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The title story in this classic collection tells of Smith, a defiant young rebel, inhabiting the no-man's land of institutionalised Borstal. As his steady jo. Alan Sillitoe tells us about this kind of solitude in his novel, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.
The story focuses on Colin Smith, a juvenile delinquent from a working-class background. Thanks to his athletic abilities, he finds himself choosing between life as a successful athlete and maintaining his outsider status.
“The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner” has long been considered a masterpiece on both the page and the silver screen. Adapted for film by Sillitoe himself init became an instant classic of British New Wave cinema.
"The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner" is a short story by Alan Sillitoe, published in as part of a short story collection of the same name.
The work focuses on Smith, a poor Nottingham teenager from a dismal home in a working class area, who has bleak Publisher: W. H. Allen Ltd.Download