A Man of his Time Hardcover – 19 Apr 2004
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‘Sillitoe keeps on going…never flagging, never looking back and writing with a vigour, clarity and humanity that should be the envy of all those novelists who were not even born when he started.’ Daily Mail
‘What impresses one, as ever, about Sillitoe, is the ease of a style which yet allows him to expose the most complex emotions, and his ability to bring to light what people hide from themselves, or choose not to admit.’ Scotsman
‘One of Britain’s most powerful and sophisticated fiction writers.’ TLS
About the Author
Alan Sillitoe left school at 14 to work in various factories until becoming an air traffic control assistant with the Ministry Aircraft Production in 1945. He began writing after four years in the RAF, and lived for six years in France and Spain. In 1958, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning was published, and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, which won the Hawthornden Prize for literature, came out the following year. Both these books were made into films.
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The geography of the novel is confined to a small corner of Nottinghamshire, but the characters are not spared the effects of profound social change. Burton's oldest son dies in the First World War, not from a German bullet, but from the kick of a mad horse. The power of Sillitoe's prose - 'A building on legs, of sheer muscle and flesh coming down...a hoof as big as an anvil splayed wide with lightning suddenness on an unforeseen trajectory, unthinking tons of angry flesh behind.' - has not diminished, but been enhanced by passing decades.
Burton, even his children call him that, is a complex character who is not always likeable - as when he hits his wife or commits adultery with his son's fiancée - but, unlike many other 'men of his time', he is capable of remorse, reflection and change. 'He immediately knew he had done wrong, shouldn't have given even the first, because she was his wife and not a child or animal to be kept in order.Read more ›
. But I saw in library someone a critic had said this was better than Amis and someone else surely not Mcewan maybe Faulkes who I do not rate.
I read it in library and since could not finish it I ordered it had to order it very good so maybe he is better or best living English writer Maybe the critic was right. I always thought it was Martin anyone agree? It is an important point to debate the greatest living writer in English.
Most would say Martin Amis but this critic said Stlitoe was superior to Amis or McEwan and he may be right. Very well crafted book