A town like Stradhoughton, only somewhere over by the sea, and we used to spend the whole day on the beach. You've got a lot of relatives here this morning. Well, I've never told anybody before. And don't you be late, right? I run back in with the pistol, ready to save my wife's life. But anyway: this is a book I really liked, and will read many more times in the future. But you might have gone about it in a more satisfactory manner.
In my opinion, that is exactly what Keith Waterhouse managed to do here. Look at that young man. We were hoping you'd try and get one or two things cleared up - before you took a step like this. As much as he wants to rise above the people around him, they still know him, and he still knows himself — it does not escape his attention, to give an example, that he himself speaks in repetitive phrases little more original than the clichés for which he castigates those around him. It's to cut the ribbon with, isn't it? I've written some scripts, though. We'll build a wall around it.
This precipitates a bitter falling-out. He wants to be a comedy writer and to move to London, but at the moment he works or pretends to work for an undertaker and he lives with his parents who are even more unpleasant than he is. His friend Arthur sings a song they composed together, and announces from the stage that Bily is off to London to work for Danny Boon, the famous comedian. Oh, yes, very nice, hmm. Honestly, pet, you'll love it. Who's going to run this business when I'm gone? Yes, well, now, as I was saying, Fisher, there are discrepancies in the postage book.
Billy Fisher is an Everyteen at that point in his life where he's getting strenuous pressure to put away childish things, but he's still spending a lot of time in his fantasy world literally , and failing quite catastrophically to take either his job or the business of multiple girlfriends and engagement rings at all seriously. Heads I tell her this last thing. But I suppose I've been, you know, exaggerating some things a bit, being a scriptwriter. I would also want the audience to see that she is a formidable character, who will stop at nothing to achieve her goal. The inquiry office was closed. Then we'll go for a walk, where it's quiet. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf has presented her characters by using the technique of stream of consciousness, or interior monologue.
I looked up at the big station clock. I was trying to bring myself up to smoke before breakfast but this time even the idea of it brought on the familiar nausea. Liz Liz is described as a scruffy girl in need of a new skirt. After this line, I would pause slightly, turn my head to the audience and raise my eyebrows, in a sceptical fashion, as if letting the audience know that something interesting is about to happen. Any doctor's papers amongst all this rubbish? The series was shown on in Ireland in 1982.
I've got three gross of these to unload. Oh, get Madam Fancy Knickers! She wants to burn some feathers, never mind pills. Better come into the library, and we'll talk about the money end. He lives up on that new estate. Unbeknown to her, it is on Barbara's finger. You said you didn't want me in the business! Youths who had come from all over Stradhoughton for the catch sat around on the low brick banisters by the entrance, combing their hair and jeering at each other The Roxy is where all Billy's lies and misdeeds catch up with him.
I struggled to connect to the characters and started to skip paragraphs because my enjoyment by this point was all but lost. It must be at the bottom of the pile, my name. It is always easy to let the age have its head; the difficult thing is to keep one's own. My country was always based on England, the sceptred isle. Woolworth's looked like Woolworth's, the Odeon looked like the Odeon, and the Stradhoughton Echo's own office, which Man o' the Dales must have seen, looked like a public lavatory in honest native white tile. Sometimes I think you're avoiding me, Billy.
It was made into a film, for which he wrote the screenplay, and which is a classic in its own right. At the end of the line, I would straighten out my clothes as if ashamed of myself for letting my control on this situation momentarily slip. Yet Billy still feels more connected to others than Holden does — indeed, it is the web of connections that seem to hold him fast — and in the same way the novel feels more connected, less egocentric, more relevant, than Catcher. She's still with her, is she? You'll be on the train in time. That's a bit vague, isn't it? You've got to move with the times.