Out of print for many years, and republished in this new edition, this is the autobiography of the formative years of one of our finest writers. Alan Sillitoe has been critically acclaimed for his many novels and short stories, including the bestsellers 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning' and 'The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner'. Sillitoe ...
Out of print for many years, and republished in this new edition, this is the autobiography of the formative years of one of our finest writers. Alan Sillitoe has been critically acclaimed for his many novels and short stories, including the bestsellers 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning' and 'The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner'. Sillitoe's early years of council-house penury in Nottingham, followed by evacuation, life in the army, tuberculosis, his rebirth as a polemical angry young man, and the publication of his first books are told with emotion and dexterity. The strong sense of place, whether the Malayan jungle or seedy post-war England, is vivid and enduring, and the story of his life is told in a masterful and poignant yet unsentimental prose. Sillitoe was described by the 'Observer' as a 'master storyteller', and this is the evocative and memorable telling of the physical and mental coming of age of one of our finest and most enduring authors.
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UNUSED, GOOD, NOT EX-LIBRARY, tanned edges, edgewear, 288 pages. An account of the physical and mental maturing of the English novelist Alan Sillitoe, author of "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" and "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner".
Publishers Weekly, 1996-08-12 Sillitoe, best known as the author of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1958) and The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner (1959), makes clear, in this memoir, that the key to his career was not only his persistence in writingæand rewritingæin the face of rejection but also the armor of his small RAF pension, earned at age 21 for service-incurred tuberculosis, which afforded him a decade of income akin to a literary fellowship. Applying himself both to work and to women, he lived by Ohms law, which he learned in his air force radio job as a flight controller: "The current in a conductor is directly proportional to the applied voltage." Radio school also taught, indirectly, how to cope with both hope and letdownæ"that the electromotive force of an alternating current goes through the positive and negative phases of an oscillatory circuit." From his own experience he also found his subject matter and how to handle it: "Poor people have vile lives... and one has to write about their tribulations and follies as if one loves them." With gritty detail, Sillitoe evokes working-class life in wartime D.H. Lawrence country, postwar military service abroad in Malaya and the expatriate literary (and amorous) ambience in France and Spain. Although the narrative closes with the making of the author's reputation, the understated manner of its telling is at odds with the vivacity of his earlier memories. (Sept.)
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