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  1. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    My name s Alfie, you know me I m what they call a bit of a Jack the lad, in fact, I d go so far as to say that I m sort of like the poster boy for all Jack the lads there ever was If there s two things I like to do, then the first thing is having it away with a nice old married bird, they re so muchgrateful than the single ones, I have found, and the second thing is chewing somebody s ear off about all the interesting observations I have made about life When I say life, course, I genera My name s Alfie, you know me I m what they call a bit of a Jack the lad, in fact, I d go so far as to say that I m sort of like the poster boy for all Jack the lads there ever was If there s two things I like to do, then the first thing is having it away with a nice old married bird, they re so muchgrateful than the single ones, I have found, and the second thing is chewing somebody s ear off about all the interesting observations I have made about life When I say life, course, I generally mean the old how s your father and the ways you can get yourself set up just lovely If you re a bloke that is But even if you re a bird all is not lost You just have to figure out a few of the basics and you ll be okay too But for blokes, this is the way I think it should go I believe that for any self respecting geezer, he needs three birds on the go at any one time Otherwise he may get a little depressed You may take my word that four is too much With four mistakes will be made, and there may be consequences And with only two you could find yourself at a loose end of an evening as they are both otherwise engaged or not in the mood for the hanky panky Which would never do So that s why you need the three It s best if two are married like I say and one is a single Now where a lot of blokes go wrong is, they only fancy the good looking birds For my system to work, you have to broaden your horizons Don t discount the possibilities If it s a little bit on the chubby side, it s no problem, it can be a lot of fun If it s a bit young, also not a problem, although a bit tricky, and there s a line there as anyone can tell you And ugly birds, when their little faces are lit up with enthusiasm about the job at hand, so to speak, they can look quite presentable too Variety is the spice, you know Now the other thing which is where most blokes fall down is that you should not get involved The minute it turns from grateful and happy to irritable and mouthy, you re out of there No backward glances You re a memory And you ve probably got a spare third one sorted out for that eventuality, if you see what I mean Because the day will always come, nothing lasts forever Alfie is a natural BuddhistYou never want to let yourself get attached to anybody or anything in this life, Harry Why not he said If you re going to talk like that, I said, I m not going to tell you Alfie sees the truth and let s people know what it is All I said to you was that you never know with a bird where it s been or what it s done If many a man only knew what was going on inside his wife s head while he was talking to her, or even doing the other, what a bloody shock they d get Alfie appreciates women On much closer inspection up and down I think I d put her in her latethirties She could be thirty seven or thirty eight, in fact she could be forty, top weight But she s in beautiful condition And when I say beautiful condition I don t mean she s in hardcondition, like you get a good little working pony, but in perfect softcondition, like you get a filly that s been out to grass, not overworked, and is sleek, fat, round and has got a lovely glossy coat and is in good nick and rearing to go. Rearing He means raring Alfie is not well educated, it must be said He s a bit of a barrow boy And I m always prepared to make an adjustment If I m having it off with a short bandy legged bint I keep telling myself how marvellous bow legs are and asking myself why I don t go in for themSame with great big fat birds Whoever I m with at the time is my favourite type, if you see what I mean That s what we re here for, to make one another happy Alfie is a bit of a poserI think I ll have a whisky , I said A Dimple Haig, if you ve got it I knew she hadn t And to be quite frank I wouldn t know a Dimple Haig from Long Tom except for the shape of the bottle, but I find I like reeling off a name now and again And Alfie is Michael Caine His is the voice you hear in your head as you read this speedy, funny, sad, piquant swinging London novel No one else could possibly do A woman told me she once went paralysed down one side of her face forcing herself to laugh at her old man s jokes what she d heard two million times Yes, you make a married woman laugh and you re halfway there Course it doesn t work with a single bird It ll set you off on the wrong foot You get one of them laughing and you don t get nothing else. This was outrageous fun Essential for feminists with a large supply of blood pressure tablets handy


  2. Toby Toby says:

    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 cityor less than if I d read it at any other time but it was an enjoyable time nonetheless 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 cityor less than if I d read it at any other time but it was an enjoyable time nonetheless 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 in 2013, and still manages to blend the internal monologue and active deceit of the narrator with great success That this is essentially a novelisation of Bill Naughton s own stageplay is quite remarkable, thanks to extensive entertaining descriptive passages and adding to the internal conflict within the protagonist that wasn t found in previous stage or film versions this feels like a wholly new work Whilst 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.As far as a different look at the so called Angry Young Men of this era goes Alfie paints a muchaware picture, he s a pseudo rebel 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 failings and has nothing to rail against It s almost as if Naughton is saying to Osborne, Sillitoe et al look at what your angst and anger brought upon us, are you happy now


  3. Deb Deb says:

    Alfie. Is a rake by such enormous standards A jerk A fool and a selfish playerand yet one can not put this book down. Let s first talk about the skills of author Bill Naughton I d seen he Alfie movie the version starring Jude Law years ago and I enjoyed the film Of course, who doesn t enjoy watching Jude Law I had no idea Alfie was also a book or written decades ago at that I really had no intention of reading this but book browsing one day chanced see Jude s face on the cover a Alfie. Is a rake by such enormous standards A jerk A fool and a selfish playerand yet one can not put this book down. Let s first talk about the skills of author Bill Naughton I d seen he Alfie movie the version starring Jude Law years ago and I enjoyed the film Of course, who doesn t enjoy watching Jude Law I had no idea Alfie was also a book or written decades ago at that I really had no intention of reading this but book browsing one day chanced see Jude s face on the cover and decided to pick it up and give it a glance Well, upon scanning the first page this slightly quirky British cockney accent jumps off the page with such hypnotic intriguing force, I found I didn t want to put it down even in the store I had to get it Alfie starts narrating his story, ya see Alfie speak and once he gets started you really don t fancy he should stop because he s just that curious So I had I make this my next read cause I had to know just what in the world And that s me saying great things about this author The ability to drag one in from the first page is truly a skill in deed Where he drew the life of this Alfie character I ll never know but assume maybe it s a few real life guys rolled into one I should hope that this was not a personal account in any way because Alfie was I don t even think saying he was a character would due justice to this authors creation Kudos to his authors skill all the way around Now Alfie Alfie narrates us through his adventures , let s call them Oh he s talkative Never a silent moment Never at a loss for words He s constantly spewing his , backward, nonsensical Alfie isms about life, how to live it and how to handle birds his 1960 s derogatory term for women Alfie, is a self centered worse than chauvinist pig He is a promiscuous bastard who actually believe he s doing a service to the varied women that he meets by going to bed..or to car back seat..or wherever he takes them to give them his favors , shall we say The things he said, the things he did, although not to fear the raunchy details are not expounded upon thankfully were appalling and yet the crazy funny fact is that there are real life Alfie s in one form or another roaming, doing their disservice to women I don t think there is a woman alive who if they have ever been in the dating pool has not encountered an Alfie or at least someone bearing his characteristics or demented, selfish philosophies I kept reading Being the deconstucter that I am, I kept trying to listen. would Alfie tell us what happened in his childhood or young adulthood that caused him to live life with this disorder Oh yes because it is a handicap Shed some light Alfie Make some sense as a study of all the broken hearts issued by men who are full of nothing but hot air and their own rancid sh t And then it hit me. He s narcissistic He cared only for himself leaving a traumatized pile of heart broken and at times ruined women in his wake I cursed him out and put this book down so many times And then I d pick it up again because I held hope that he might change One of his ridiculous antics that got him into hot water would finally jolt him enough that he would see the error of his ways, repent and turn over a new leaf But, alas can a leopard ever change his spots And should one hold their breath I ve wrestled with giving this any higher score The authors talent most definitely warrants it, however, I guess I ll say at the sins of this fathers authors child I just can not praise an Alfie I want to manifest him and kickbox his rancid behind into a corner Now knowing Alfie he d still try it and I d have to go superhero on him freeze him and then shatter him into a thousand pieces Moo ahahahaha Take that you over sexed freak You must be destroyed Whoops, sorry Needed come down from my Alfie anger.I do actually recommend this to everyone in fact for the simple fact of keeping ourselves in check Men, in case you have some Alfie isms this will check you and realize the error of your ways and shame you into better Hopefully it wouldn t inspire any followers because Alfie s end up old, alone and ridiculous Women, you may be dealing with an Alfie and this book will be that wake up call 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 Also, I recommend because all in all it is a very readable book Quirky, at times funny and entertaining by a long shot I plan to watch the movie again and I am almost positive I remember Hollywood glamming it up and toning it down I ll post movie comparisons below


  4. Antonomasia Antonomasia says:

    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 He says something and then shortly afterwards contradicts, with words or action his own stated opinion of himself or rather contradicts the way most people would interpret what he said, a sort of unconscious hypocrisy Sometimes he does it in the same sentence I don t mean thieving or anything like that, just the 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 He says something and then shortly afterwards contradicts, with words or action his own stated opinion of himself or rather contradicts the way most people would interpret what he said, a sort of unconscious hypocrisy Sometimes he does it in the same sentence I don t mean thieving or anything like that, just the odd few bob a day taken from the till at work Having thought about it in the last few months, I m not sure I like the term unreliable narrator , especially the way it s often used on Goodreads a way of dismissing certain types of characters and by implication real people who resemble them Is anyone s self awareness 100% Must people outwardly demonstrate exhaustive awareness of their contradictions at all times to please those who place themselves in judgement Does any first person account really contain full understanding of others experiences of the same situation And words and concepts have slightly different meanings to people within their own personal subculture created out of what they know, whether that s friends and family, what they ve read and watched etc Thieving in the idiolect of Alfie and his mates and his dad and step mum who ve fenced goods for him down the pub evidently has a particular meaning narrower than it does in the eyes of the law and people who would never pilfer I d rather literature were seen as a way of understanding our common humanity with dodgy characters without having the unpleasant experiences that knowing some of them might entail they re not entirely anathema we probably have things in common with them even if we d never do the worst things they do Some of these characters are like manifestations of id Alfie is a good example of this type doing things manypeople think of than actually do, or things many readers have grown out of A long time ago I, similarly, walked out for several hours on someone who was having an operation someone I shouldn t really have been going out with because I didn t fancy or respect them enough, though I kept trying to persuade myself to because I knew they deserved it I remember intending to support, then that sudden claustrophobic feeling of Have to get out of here I ve been too much of a rotter myself not to understand those who in turn hurt me Anyway, Alfie does sometimes mention how his opinions and lifestyle change back and forth over time in a way that seems very realistic in its unevenness and partial self awareness people do change and he s also not on some unwavering forward journey of personal development with all the backward steps unadmitted He sintrospective than his reputation in the films would have it, although he hasn t achieved some of total understanding of himself, and considerably less so of the way other people might experience him He s a study in sensitivity manifested as selfishness a way in which he reminds me of myself and of some of those I ve loved most , a man who prefers the company of women to groups of other blokes, but due to his era and own upbringing and personality is unable to get to know them as people, just conquests whose status is always teetering between pleasure source and potential nuisance He s usually chipper but there s a sadness inside, he walks away from things that are too emotional like a teenage nerdboy posting a rage comic about too many feels all very avoidant dismissing attachment in psychology terms Sometimes he s almost sociopathic talking to Gilda, he explains that trust is something to be encouraged and exploited for money, not, as she sees it, honoured and enjoyed for its own sake as part of a connection with people you like And for all his obsession with money, he hasn t really got very far he does a bit of grifting and pilfering and fencing yet from some of the other things he says you d think he d be one of those types who worked his way up from guttersnipe to millionaire s row like Alan Sugar It s hard not to agree with Harry that unless Alfie changes, he ll end up friendless when he s old I d love to know what Bill Naughton s intentions were underlying the play and book Was Alfie simply a character study of a type of man he d met perhaps to an extent been Was he a moral critique of casual sex among the working classes, or free love in the swinging sixties The film ended up being the latter, though it s not what it tends to stick in the mind for On Goodreads when I last read reviews and that not for a while this is another book I started last year he washated than feted but you can always find articles about characters like him which say all men are like this underneath , meaning the writer and some of his mates are, though others reading may disagree, because they re genuinely a different type of person, like Harry in the novel A great mistake I made when first seeing the film aged 16 or 17, and at too many points in the years afterwards having let it become a habit, was to assume that men I fancied were basically all like Alfie, just pretending not to be if they weren t on the outside or if some signs contradicted it For me that was not a cue to avoid the men but to get them to be themselves and to try and be that way myself until with some I cracked under the strain of emotions which had become too strong to conceal, and which were ill suited to the situation I d helped create There were, though, some people with whom it worked well on both sides Unfortunately I didn t realise that I was as inaccurate, idiotic and insulting as if men assumed that all women, including me, were exactly like the typical Cosmo reader in every way One film wasn t wholly responsible of course there were many sources for that sort of assumption And the real problems werehaving been brought up to regard romantic love as shameful and weak, plus the scarcely believable absence of real life men and boys whilst I was between the ages of 6 and 18 and noticing how men in the media had so manyinteresting and entertaining things to say than the women and girls I knew But the book makes it clearer what sort of character Alfie is by making the theft and griftingevident he s not really a sharp suited everyman, he s just another horny crook like Keith Talent in Martin Amis London Fields albeit a Mod with it , just one person, and I wish I d been able to see that twenty years ago So far so much futile melancholy, but for two days as I was finishing this, I was humming that mischievous commentary on 90s New Lad and retro culture, The Divine Comedy s Becoming More Like Alfie Unlike some musicians who were criticised around the same time for apparently unreconstructed masculine chauvinist lyrics, I don t think anyone really thought Neil Hannon, with his already established weedy shy romantic posh boy persona, believed everybody knows that no means yes, just like glasses come free on the NHS When songwords have been in your head for the best part of two decades you forget to notice embarrassing rhymes I m not sure if someone could so easily get away with such a lyric even as irony and critique today, but all it really seemed to mean, especially as as an existing fan, was that he d started saying phwoargh occasionally and no longer always waited for girls to make the first move


  5. James Rhodes James Rhodes says:

    I avoided this book and the film for years because it was recommended to me by an idiot However, in stark contrast to what my idiot friend told me this novel is not about the epic love adventures of a cheeky cockney chap it is about the pathetic loneliness of a laddish gadabout Naughton s control over first person writing is incredible Alfie is multi layered with almost no sense of self awareness but just enough to make him tragic His mistakes are heart breaking as is his inability to lea I avoided this book and the film for years because it was recommended to me by an idiot However, in stark contrast to what my idiot friend told me this novel is not about the epic love adventures of a cheeky cockney chap it is about the pathetic loneliness of a laddish gadabout Naughton s control over first person writing is incredible Alfie is multi layered with almost no sense of self awareness but just enough to make him tragic His mistakes are heart breaking as is his inability to learn from them Naughton gives the character an authentic and compelling voice, presents the character in his own words and passes no authorial judgement on him However, by the end of the story I cannot imagine anyone thinking of Alfie as a character to aspire to be like


  6. Hilary Hilary says:

    Brilliant I ve never seen the unreliable narrator handled with such deftness by an author before The first person view is never ever shaken, and yet the reader is the one who discovers what s it all about.


  7. Corey Corey says:

    What a great first person voice What a marvelous cad.


  8. Licha Licha says:

    Oh Alfie, Alfie Did you learn anything by the end of it all Alfie is selfish, a player, and just completely clueless when it comes to life and women He s so clueless in his own little world of justifications for the way he treats women and explanations for the way women think that he truly believes he has all the answers to life and love or how to steer clear of it, at least He refers to women as objects, often times calling them it , bird, or bint These women, and there are plenty, all s Oh Alfie, Alfie Did you learn anything by the end of it all Alfie is selfish, a player, and just completely clueless when it comes to life and women He s so clueless in his own little world of justifications for the way he treats women and explanations for the way women think that he truly believes he has all the answers to life and love or how to steer clear of it, at least He refers to women as objects, often times calling them it , bird, or bint These women, and there are plenty, all serve one purpose, and that is to provide pleasure for Alfie He sees them as nothingand is so ready to discard them when he has nouse for them or when things get a bit complicated And yet, I couldn t help but like Alfie, with all his cluelessness.At one point I was rooting for him when he somewhat seemed like he could possibly settle down with Gilda It would have been nice to see what Alfie could have been around his son Malcolm There was a soft side to Alfie in the presence of Malcolm But a man like Alfie is not one to settle down.What is it going to take for this man to finally grow up, to for once value what a woman is When I finally came to a culminating event in Alfie s life, I almost started hyperventilating just reading about it and then became sad that this is what it was going to have to take to make Alfie finally grow up But oddly, Alfie makes a statement that started me on an uncontrollable fit of laughter Instead of being sad or disgusted at what was going on, I found myself laughing hard at the fact that even after all this Alfie did not grasp the seriousness of what had just happened to him And then I had to ask myself why I was laughing at something so serious What is wrong with me This is a book where I would like to read a sequel to find out what happens to Alfie as he gets older Does he finally grow up Once a player, always a player


  9. Frederick Frederick says:

    I ve read about half of this book, but what I ve read so far is very amusing and very chilling I gather ALFIE was first a play, then a movie and then a novel, but, inasmuch as the play, the screenplay and the novel were each written by Bill Naughton, I think I may say that ALFIE is, in either of its incarnations, the expression of one artist s view of a particular type of man While not deep in a Jamesian sense or daring in the Joycean, ALFIE is a very good, book length interior monologue If a I ve read about half of this book, but what I ve read so far is very amusing and very chilling I gather ALFIE was first a play, then a movie and then a novel, but, inasmuch as the play, the screenplay and the novel were each written by Bill Naughton, I think I may say that ALFIE is, in either of its incarnations, the expression of one artist s view of a particular type of man While not deep in a Jamesian sense or daring in the Joycean, ALFIE is a very good, book length interior monologue If a reader gets nothing from it other than a sense of urban British slang in the post World War Two era, Alfie is a memorable book But it is, I think, a realistic portrait of a man whose outmoded view of the world keeps him from fully participating in it He always wants to impose his rules on it, not merely because he is selfish, which he is, but because he has been raised in ignorance of the coming changes He is corrupt, but that is not what makes him different from others What makes him different is his awareness that he is despised for his inability to climb socially People from exactly his class are getting ahead for the first time in many years He is not going to get ahead His peers are leaving him behind.For all his womanizing, he is ineffectual For all his monstrousness, he is timorous


  10. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    This book should be required reading for any young woman starting to date Alfie is young, good looking, and goes through women like a box of Kleenex He was born poor, a Cockney like Eliza Doolittle, and is conscious of his low status in English society When he s not thinking about bedding all the women he comes into contact with, he s thinking about money His favorite bird as he terms them is, not surprisingly, a wealthy woman who s too clever to take him seriously.What s great about thi This book should be required reading for any young woman starting to date Alfie is young, good looking, and goes through women like a box of Kleenex He was born poor, a Cockney like Eliza Doolittle, and is conscious of his low status in English society When he s not thinking about bedding all the women he comes into contact with, he s thinking about money His favorite bird as he terms them is, not surprisingly, a wealthy woman who s too clever to take him seriously.What s great about this highly entertaining and yet dark novel is that the author passes no judgment on Alfie and people like him Instead, Alfie s voice reveals all he justifies his indiscretions by claiming he s actually doing the women a favor, and his rationalizations show just how much of a narcissist he is.If you ever wanted to know what goes on the mind of a man who treats women badly, just read this Though it was written in the 1960s, it is still timely for understanding men like Harvey Weinstein The abortion scene is still as chilling today as when it was written, and at a time when Roe vs Wade is under attack, a chilling reminder of what illegal abortions looked like.Though short, this book is deep and disturbing Once you pick it up, it s hard to put down the character s voice is just mesmerizing


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Alfie ☆ [PDF / Epub] ★ Alfie By Bill Naughton ✩ – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 There s Ruby A lust box in beautiful 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 There s Ruby A lust box in beautiful condition Clare You re all lathered in sweat, Alfie and Siddie, and Crala, and Annie but who s counting Certainly not Alfie Three in one evening if necessary And necessary is the right word.