The Lonely Londoners from the brilliant, sharp, witty pen of Sam Selvon, this is a classic award-winning novel of immigrant life in London in the 1950s.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 144 pages
- Publisher: Hodder Education
- Publication Date: 29/05/1979
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780582642645
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Review by maboeln
Once I grew used to the dialect, I amazed myself by loving this book.
Review by MsNikki
Like I said, I know people like this. Selvon can discuss serious issues so subversively...Male me laugh.
Review by whitewavedarling
This is a quick read once you get used to the language of the narration. After rereading the first paragraph a few times to get started, I ended up finishing off the book in one sitting. Driven by character studies and a cynical humor, the narrative works on various levels to illustrate and critique the state of a divided 1950s London society. Exploring the admirable and the questionable among a group of immigrants/exiles/explorers from the Caribbean, Selvon creates a journey through daily passions and humors. It is fast, engaging, humorous, and ultimately mysterious in where lines can be drawn for fiction and documentation, character and stereotype, narrator and author and character, and ironic illustration and objective tale. In short, the tale is hard to pin down, becoming more complicated with each moment the reader spends questioning, for theapparent simplicity here is deceptive. Selvon's created a smart careful book here---one worth reading for pleasure and rereading for fuller thought.
Review by est-lm
This is the story of London's West Indians who face racism and a limited number of opportunities. What I found really interesting about this novel is how it is written in the vernacular, a West Indian English which gave the novel a different rhythm. This novel is a gem, I am glad one of my professors had the class read it. It is definitely a great starting point if you want to read more Caribbean literature.