The Loneliness of the Long-distance Runner Topics for Discussion

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Many stories in this volume take place between the World Wars. What sort of atmosphere does this create? How does it relate to author Sillitoe's overall bleak worldview?

Most stories in this volume feature physical violence at one point or another. What role does physical violence play? When it is used? How does physical violence relate to the author's overall intent with a story? Choose two stories and examples from each to back up your assertions.

What is Sillitoe's view of criminality? Is it a matter of right versus wrong, or is there a gray area? Does society create its criminals, or are there "natural" criminals? Can criminals change their ways, through society's rehabilitation or punishment?

Why does Jim Scarfedale's marriage deteriorate in "The Disgrace of Jim Scarfedale"? To what degree is Jim's mother and her upbringing of Jim to blame?

While Smith is...

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