David Storey, A Temporary Life

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A Temporary Life

(1973), the fifth published novel by David Storey (1933-2017) was, like its predecessor


(1972), another fragment of “the definitive postwar British novel” on which he had worked for five years prior to his emergence as a playwright, but which he had not completed (“Introduction”,

Plays Two

, x). The novel runs to 249 pages in the original hardback, almost fifty pages longer than


. Whereas


was told in the third person from its title character’s point of view,

the protagonist of

A Temporary Life

, Colin Freestone, is also the novel’s first-person narrator, like Arthur Machin in

This Sporting Life

(1960) and Margaret Thorpe in

Flight into Camden

(1960). Colin shares his first name with Pasmore, however, perhaps implying that he is, to an…

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Citation: Tredell, Nicolas. "A Temporary Life". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 May 2024 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=41630, accessed 21 June 2024.]

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