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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One has to wonder why.

Though short, this book is deep and disturbing. What’s great about this highly entertaining and yet dark novel is that the author passes no judgment on Alfie and people like him.

Views Read Edit View history. What a marvelous cad.

The novel in question is Bill Naughton’s Alfie, the story of a cynical Cockney womaniser. You might say that ‘birds’ are irresistible to him. He is corrupt, but that is not what makes him different from others. This is a book where I would like to read a sequel to find out what happens to Alfie as he gets older. I’d seen he Alfie movie the version starring Jude Law years ago and I enjoyed the film. But, alas can a leopard ever change his spots? Alice had a haughton style and the cynicism was tempered with some self awareness on Alfies part and liberal use of humour.

Was Alfie simply a character study of a type of man he’d met perhaps to an extent been? The reader little sees what Alfie sees, and mostly gets his own philosophizing about things.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This book should be required reading for any young woman starting to date. 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. When songwords have been in your head for the best part of two decades you forget to notice embarrassing rhymes I’ve been too much of a rotter myself not to understand those who in turn hurt me.


And Other Stories When nauvhton get down to it there ain’t all that much difference in a load of ’em. Spontaneously stopping by his ladies’ place, to shower them with compliments and flirtatious gestures, until the next moment the women are begging for a relationship, after he pleasures them with things that their husbands are not giving them, and that the other men in town will not take the time of day to naughyon for these women.

Women, you may be dealing with naguhton Alfie and this book will be that wake up call. I had no idea Alfie was also a book or written decades ago at that. Even if it’s somewhat hypocritical or tongue in cheek, he’s not without regard for society’s most cherished institution. Anyhow an enjoyable book that has been nestling on my book shelf for an age It distresses me it do.

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The Irish-born but British-bred Naughton was a key figure in postwar English literature, one of the earliest of the kitchen sink school of writers that included the likes of Alan Sillitoeand he was an incredibly prolific producer of everything from short stories to screenplays to diaries his decades’ worth of journals, which he maintained were the real cornerstone of his work, are apparently under lock and key until Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. With four mistakes will be made, and there may be consequences.

Of course, took me too long to finish, but that’s my own fault. Needed come down from my Alfie anger. Alfie’s not really a bad guy. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?


An seat adaptable studio theatre within the Octagon is named after him. Alfie the character is unredeemable. And should one hold their breath?

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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. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

If a I’ve read about half of this book, but what I’ve read so far is very amusing and very chilling. Nakghton is quite the character, although not as outrageous and colorful as Sebastian Dangerfield of The Ginger Man.

Product details Format Paperback 88 pages Dimensions x x 7. Some books are like that; you’re not ready for them the first time around.

Description The ultimate amoral “swinger,” Alfie swaggers and philosophizes his way through a parade of ‘birds’ in ‘s London, allowing the audience to eavesdrop as he goes.

Alfie by Bill Naughton

Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of I am, however, glad I read this novel. 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.

I would’ve fared better if it had been a little more light, with some jokes when dealing with the heavy stuff.