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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Mar 27, James Rhodes rated it it was amazing. 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 th Finding a battered Panther edition of this classic story that typifies London of a certain period whilst wandering around London “on business” seemed like fate, I can’t say it helped me to appreciate the novel or the city more or less than if I’d read it at any other time but it was an enjoyable time nonetheless.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. The nicest thing that I can say about this book is that it is a quick read.

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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. The Dumb Waiter Harold Pinter. Did you learn anything by the end of it all?


And then I had to ask myself why I was laughing at something so serious. He is not going to get ahead.

Kind of horrid things said about ladies suggesting that the narrator has a pretty serious complex about them more than the author really meaning these things about ladies. I thought the recent film starring Jude Law was unfairly criticised.

The male voice predominates I was a particular fan note sarcasm of the way he talked about nzughton as ‘its’.

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It’s hard not to agree with Harry that unless Alfie changes, he’ll bll up friendless when he’s old. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Perhaps it’s because of this chauvinism that neither Alfie nor its excellent sequel Alfie, Darling can’t be found at your local bookstore. That said, Alfie’s not really such a bad guy.

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

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Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Other books in this series. I’ve wrestled with giving this any higher score. This novel inspires romance, makes guys look like pigs, and teaches major life lessons within the context of the story.

I found the book to be shallow and am very glad to be done with it. Although it is nice to see Alfie trying to include as many women as possible, he does not always make them happy. I did enjoy this book, even though I had to decypher what some of the English slang meant. Instead, Alfie’s voice reveals all – he alrie his indiscretions by claiming he’s actually doing the women a favor, and his rationalizations show just how much of a narcissist he is.


But the book makes it clearer what sort of character Alfie is by making the theft and grifting more evident: Despite Alfie’s narcissism and his hideous treatment of his birds, there is something charismatic about him and even when he’s at his absolute worst there’s something redeeming there.

Alfie is a classic unreliable narrator as I learned the term — at school when studying another piece of Northern writing originally designed as drama, Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads.

Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Women, you may be dealing with an Alfie and this book will be that wake up call. His preferred environment was working class society, which is reflected in much of his written work. Review quote ‘Alfie remains the randiest and most shameless Casanova south of the river, always willing to oblige a lady and you can’t say fairer than that, I mean, can you?

This page was last edited on 10 Novemberat Thanks for telling us about the problem. And it was much more engrossing and squalid than the pictures.