Alfie’s not really a bad guy. It’s just that he has this overwhelming desire for the ladies. You might say that ‘birds’ are irresistible to him, sort of second nature. Alfie [Bill Naughton] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Alfie’s not really a bad guy. It’s just that he has this desire for the ladies. You might. Bill Naughton, who drew a memorable portrait of a woman-chasing Cockney in his play “Alfie,” died on Thursday at his home on the Isle.

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I avoided this book and the film for years because it was recommended to me by an idiot.

Want to Read saving…. Quirky, at times funny and entertaining by a long shot. However, by the end of the story I cannot imagine anyone thinking of Alfie as a character to aspire to be like.

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Alfie by Bill Naughton – Canongate Books

While many of the situations with the each woman and Alfie is indeed interesting, some may feel that it may be too much material to cover in a novel that should be focused more on the message of the book. However, along with learning to love, comes learning to alffie wiser decisions, and find the grown-up in us that must take over the place of afie inner child personalities in order to live successfully and happy. Ordinarily my feministic bent would despise this story of a male slut who thinks he’s god’s gift to women, but it is so well written and Alfie’s character is so well developed, that I was able to forgive it.

Reading Alfie, some people may, or may not become bored with the back and forth pattern of the stories and situations of each of his relationships. As far as a different look at the so-called “Angry Young Men” of this era goes Alfie paints a much more aware picture, he’s a naughtom in a time of rebels but he can’t look beyond the next little bird, bint, tart, girl, brass; a selfish man who happily admits to his naugbton and has nothing to rail against.


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Alfie by Bill Naughton

You might say that birds are irresistible to him, sort of second nature. I liked it enough to watch both film versions. Which, honestly, can grow a bit tedious. Najghton Michael Caine is synonymous with the character of Alfie thanks to his charismatic performance and unique method of line delivery, I was impressed that Naughton didn’t feel the need to write this novel with Caine in mind to the extent that I could treat this Alfie as an entirely different entity.

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Wade is under attack, a chilling reminder of what illegal abortions looked like. Michael Caine and Vivien Merchant in the original film version of Alfie. For all his monstrousness, he is timorous.

He is afie the character, although not as outrageous and colorful as Sebastian Dangerfield of The Ginger Man.

At one point I was rooting for him when he somewhat seemed like he could possibly settle down with Gilda. We can use the charm and love for people that Alfie has, and incorporate them into our everyday habits and lives.

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Waiting for Godot Samuel Beckett. I don’t mean thieving or anything like that, just the odd few bob a day [taken from the till at work]. Twelve Angry Men Reginald Rose. And, more disturbingly, I’m not sure that what he thought about women way back then isn’t what lots of men still think – privately, at least. Alfie narrates us through his “adventures”, let’s call them. The first-person view is never ever shaken, and yet the reader is the one who discovers “what’s it all about. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

If you’re fortunate enough to return to them – and mostly we aren’t because it’s my experience that abandoned books are largely left forever – you might well find something for your more seasoned self in their pages. Many younger readers may find it illuminating to read of life in England in the s. I remember intending to support, then that sudden claustrophobic feeling of Have to get out of here.


I listened to the audiobook from the library. I did enjoy this book, even though I had nzughton decypher what some of the English slang meant.

It’s just that he has this overwhelming desire for the ladies. English dramatists and playwrights People from Bolton Prix Italia winners births deaths 20th-century British dramatists and playwrights English male dramatists and playwrights Proletarian literature.

I know my biggest issue is that I had expectations. A portrait of an unpleasant man aware of his limitations as narrated by himself; Alfie is wickedly funny, an entertaining observational piece that works as a document of London after the war, delightfully playful when it comes to dialect and slang, filled with misogyny and homophobic opinions that seem hopelessly outdated inand still manages to blend the internal monologue and active deceit of the narrator with great success.

I wouldn’t recommend this to many people. The Woman in Black Susan Hill. May 26, Tim rated it it was amazing.

This book is hard to stomach in some ways, Alfie’s views on women are repellant and his self-centred focus is unsettling. Kobal I read the novel for the first time when I was young – much too young to appreciate its worldly wisdom. View all 14 comments. Alfie makes no excuses whatsoever for the fact that he’s a man.

I expected more humor? I read the novel for the first time when I was young – much too young to appreciate its worldly wisdom. I believe that for any self-respecting geezer, he needs three birds on the go at any one time. The main character, Alfie is a womanizing, abusive, egotistical,despisable man.

And if you’ve got an Alfie in your past you will take a solemn moment to thank your maker for setting you free from the bondage of that foolish waste of time.