Birthday: A Novel by Alan Sillitoe

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Birthday: A Novel

'“Birthday embodies the slackening of age and its poignant mixture of acceptance and resistance. . . . In its depiction of brotherly love, it achieves much that is touching and unexpected.” —The Guardian   “It is a humane book, often funny; an affirmation of the—provincial?—values of hard work, decency, respect for others, honesty between people. It is delightful and persuasive.” —The Spectator   “A beautifully crafted and perceptive work.” —Daily Express   “[Alan Sillitoe’s] craftsmanship remains high, and his insights are always sharp.” —Publishers Weekly   “Sillitoe remains the most physical of writers, spontaneous of language yet resolutely protective of its values.” —The Independent   “It is well worth reading, both for its evocation of a vanished way of working-class life, and for its steadfast depiction of the horrors of old age and the valour and comradeship that can, in part at least, redeem it.” —TheDaily Telegraph   “Birthday stands justifiably within Sillitoe’s solid body of forceful fictions. It is warm, compassionate, gladsome and full of the sap of lives lived truthfully, and well. . . . Go read it now.” —TheScotsman   “There are few writers around who can rival Sillitoe.” —TheLiterary Review   “Birthday is comparable to Philip Roth’s recent American Pastoral, and just as enjoyable.” —The Times (London)   “Poignant and tactful.” —The Times Literary Supplement   “Birthday is a novel of maturity. . . . It deserves to be read and appreciated in its own right.” —Birmingham Post   “Sillitoe tackles ageing unsentimentally . . . [he] makes Birthday reflective and melancholy, but never maudlin. Sillitoe’s unfussy philosophy is that life goes on. And defiantly, too.” —Nottingham Evening Post  '
'“Birthday embodies the slackening of age and its poignant mixture of acceptance and resistance. . . . In its depiction of brotherly love, it achieves much that is touching and unexpected.” —The Guardian   “It is a humane book, often funny; an affirmation of the—provincial?—values of hard work, decency, respect for others, honesty between people. It is delightful and persuasive.” —The Spectator   “A beautifully crafted and perceptive work.” —Daily Express   “[Alan Sillitoe’s] craftsmanship remains high, and his insights are always sharp.” —Publishers Weekly   “Sillitoe remains the most physical of writers, spontaneous of language yet resolutely protective of its values.” —The Independent   “It is well worth reading, both for its evocation of a vanished way of working-class life, and for its steadfast depiction of the horrors of old age and the valour and comradeship that can, in part at least, redeem it.” —TheDaily Telegraph   “Birthday stands justifiably within Sillitoe’s solid body of forceful fictions. It is warm, compassionate, gladsome and full of the sap of lives lived truthfully, and well. . . . Go read it now.” —TheScotsman   “There are few writers around who can rival Sillitoe.” —TheLiterary Review   “Birthday is comparable to Philip Roth’s recent American Pastoral, and just as enjoyable.” —The Times (London)   “Poignant and tactful.” —The Times Literary Supplement   “Birthday is a novel of maturity. . . . It deserves to be read and appreciated in its own right.” —Birmingham Post   “Sillitoe tackles ageing unsentimentally . . . [he] makes Birthday reflective and melancholy, but never maudlin. Sillitoe’s unfussy philosophy is that life goes on. And defiantly, too.” —Nottingham Evening Post  '
Publisher: Open Road Media ISBN: 9781504020848 Pages: 249