The Lonely Londoners - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)
  • The Lonely Londoners - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)
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The Lonely Londoners - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)

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A vivid picaresque comedy with serious, melancholy undertones, The Lonely Londoners documents the 1950s immigrant experience through the affectionate relationship of a new arrival and a rueful old timer. Masterful character comedy rubs up against an evocative portrait of post-war London in Selvon’s seminal, exquisitely judged work.

Both devastating and funny, The Lonely Londoners is an unforgettable account of immigrant experience - and one of the great twentieth-century London novels. This Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an introduction by Susheila Nasta.

At Waterloo Station, hopeful new arrivals from the West Indies step off the boat train, ready to start afresh in 1950s London. There, homesick Moses Aloetta, who has already lived in the city for years, meets Henry 'Sir Galahad' Oliver and shows him the ropes. In this strange, cold and foggy city where the natives can be less than friendly at the sight of a black face, has Galahad met his Waterloo? But the irrepressible newcomer cannot be cast down. He and all the other lonely new Londoners - from shiftless Cap to Tolroy, whose family has descended on him from Jamaica - must try to create a new life for themselves. As pessimistic 'old veteran' Moses watches their attempts, they gradually learn to survive and come to love the heady excitements of London.

Sam Selvon (b. 1923) was born in San Fernando, Trinidad. In 1950 Selvon left Trinidad for the UK where after hard times of survival he established himself as a writer with A Brighter Sun (1952), An Island is a World (1955), The Lonely Londoners (1956), Ways of Sunlight (1957), Turn Again Tiger (1958), I Hear Thunder (1963), The Housing Lark (1965), The Plains of Caroni (1970), Moses Ascending (1975) and Moses Migrating (1983).

If you enjoyed The Lonely Londoners, you might like Jean Rhys's Voyage in the Dark or Shiva Naipaul's Fireflies, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.

'His Lonely Londoners has acquired a classics status since it appeared in 1956 as the definitive novel about London's West Indians'
Financial Times

'The unforgettable picaresque ... a vernacular comedy of pathos'
Guardian

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141188416
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 123 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 9 mm

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“London Through Different Eyes...”

I’ve just read this as summer was going, and the fresh chill in the air coincided nicely with Moses’ early description of London. Pulling my collar tighter along with London’s newcomers, this book details the lives of... More

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“The Lonely Londoners”

Samuel Selvon has produced a memorable, outstanding, timeless piece of modern writing that should be enjoyed and thought about by all. It is truly unique in its innovative style and structure. And the novel's... More

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“Loneliness of the city and importance of community”

Sam Selvon tells an enjoyable story of a group of optimistic West Indian gentlemen, who navigate their way through grey London. Despite all the negative obstacles they face in a foreign environment, their suit cases... More

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