Alan Sillitoe: Guzman, Go Home and Other Stories (2491 words)


Guzman, Go Home and Other Stories (1968) is the third short-story collection by Alan Sillitoe (1928-2010), following The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner (1959) and The Ragman’s Daughter (1963). It contains seven stories whose topics include marriage and madness; transgression and punishment; the force of the past; the attempt to escape into a more fulfilling life; and the vulnerability of the child in the midst of warring parents. The volume shows Sillitoe’s ability to convey character, situation and setting concisely and vividly through narrative prose and dialogue; his capacity to generate rich simile and metaphor within the constraints of the short story; and his faculty for implying, within a …

Citation: Tredell, Nicolas. "Guzman, Go Home and Other Stories". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 November 2013 [, accessed 19 September 2020.]

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