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The Lonely Londoners (Longman Caribbean Writer Series) unknown Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Selvon's account of West Indian immigramt life in 50's/60's London is riveting, poignant and tearfully funny. With realism and timeliness, he captures the unique brotherhood of survival that was the lifeblood of the network that sprung up in Brixton.
Wait until you meet "Tall Boy" as he greets his family at the boat train at Paddington. "All of we come...!"
They experience hunger and hopelessness, discrimination for jobs and on the job but they are able to survive.
It tells much about the spirit of the West Indian abroad.
I would recommend this book to anyone who both want to learn more about West Indian people and who enjoy a good laugh.
It is Selvon at his best.
'Looking at things in general life really hard for the boys in London. this is a lonely miserable city, if it was that we didn't get together now and then to talk about things back home we would suffer like hell. Here is not like home where you have friends all about.'
Yet for all that, there is the thrill of big city life, finding themselves in places they had only heard of before:
'He had a way, whenever he talking with the boys, he using the names of the places like they mean big romance, as if to say 'I was in Oxford Street' have more prestige than if he just say 'I was up the road.' And once he had a date with a frauline, and he make a big point of saying he was meeting she by Charing cross, because just to say 'Charing Cross' have a lot of romance in it, he remember it had a song called 'Roseann of Charing Cross.'
The descriptions of bleak, wintry scenes full of smog ('the sun shining...no heat from it, it just there in the sky like a force-ripe orange') with those of the eventual summer - girls, parties, hanging out in the parks; the new arrivals torn between going home and sticking it out...
This is a poetic read. Selvon introduces a number of characters in his novel - the workers and the hustlers; those who see the whites as alien and others who seek to be part of their community - so one doesn't have time to get particularly attached to any of them - but it evokes the atmosphere of the time brilliantly, particularly through the creolized language.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was very disappointed with the book. It was like a disjointed mess.Published 15 months ago by Angella Powell
Almost true to life experiences of West Indian immigrants in England around the 1950's. My parents expressed similar events so this book is not so far from the truth. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Audrey H.
i loved it. Its not a long book. great window into the culture of immigrants then.Published on July 11, 2014 by dodgerofdeath
I got this book for class but I ended up adding it to my personal collection. Very good work, I recommend for anyone looking to get a feel of life in the UK for Caribbean... Read morePublished on April 16, 2014 by Mimi Mazrook
This little book, which ii had never heard of, captivated me with its unique creole language, and its variety of characters -- every single one funny and soulful. Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by Bibliophile