The Broken Chariot: A Novel by Alan Sillitoe

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'“[A] rewarding novel . . . Nottingham scenes have considerable vitality, and will also have, for anyone unfamiliar with Sillitoe’s early work, considerable freshness.” —The Scotsman   “The Broken Chariot explores familiar themes for Sillitoe: working in factories, drinking in pubs and chasing women in post-war Nottingham. But the writer has found a fresh, new approach to his specialist subject; one that again allows him to tackle the issue of class in a way that is often surprising and always entertaining.” —Yorkshire Post   “Readable and indeed admirable, this is largely thanks to Sillitoe’s abundant generosity of spirit, his affectionate understanding of provincial urban society and his eye for telling descriptive detail.” —The Times Literary Supplement   “Absorbing. Sillitoe’s sheer narrative drive manages to suspend most of the reader’s disbelief. This is an old-fashioned novel—technically conventional, pulling off the usual tricks of character and motivation—but oddly alive in a way that a great deal of modern fiction, written by those as yet unborn when Sillitoe began his career, patently is not.” —The Mail on Sunday   “Herbert/Bert is a clever, if chilling, creation.” —Irish Independent   “Sillitoe threads the lives of a single man with skill and craft; the book is a beautifully paced three hundred pages. The coded myth becomes a gripping narrative. And there are many other admirable dimensions. His social empathy with the dispossessed. His unrelenting poetic eye for the dissembling detail. His humane willingness to portray the unsympathetic as round characters rather than ciphers.” —The Herald (Glasgow)  '
'“[A] rewarding novel . . . Nottingham scenes have considerable vitality, and will also have, for anyone unfamiliar with Sillitoe’s early work, considerable freshness.” —The Scotsman   “The Broken Chariot explores familiar themes for Sillitoe: working in factories, drinking in pubs and chasing women in post-war Nottingham. But the writer has found a fresh, new approach to his specialist subject; one that again allows him to tackle the issue of class in a way that is often surprising and always entertaining.” —Yorkshire Post   “Readable and indeed admirable, this is largely thanks to Sillitoe’s abundant generosity of spirit, his affectionate understanding of provincial urban society and his eye for telling descriptive detail.” —The Times Literary Supplement   “Absorbing. Sillitoe’s sheer narrative drive manages to suspend most of the reader’s disbelief. This is an old-fashioned novel—technically conventional, pulling off the usual tricks of character and motivation—but oddly alive in a way that a great deal of modern fiction, written by those as yet unborn when Sillitoe began his career, patently is not.” —The Mail on Sunday   “Herbert/Bert is a clever, if chilling, creation.” —Irish Independent   “Sillitoe threads the lives of a single man with skill and craft; the book is a beautifully paced three hundred pages. The coded myth becomes a gripping narrative. And there are many other admirable dimensions. His social empathy with the dispossessed. His unrelenting poetic eye for the dissembling detail. His humane willingness to portray the unsympathetic as round characters rather than ciphers.” —The Herald (Glasgow)  '
Publisher: Open Road Media ISBN: 9781504034487 Pages: 300