The Lonely Londoners
by Sam Selvon, Nasta Susheila
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Both terrible and funny, The London Solitaire is an unforgettable account of immigrants’ experience – and one of the great twentieth-century London novelsCe Penguin Modern Classics edition comprend une introduction par Susheila NastaAt Waterloo Station, the hope of new arrivals from the West Indies get off the boat, train, ready to leave again in the 1950s in LondonThere, homesick Moses Aloetta, who had already lived in the city for years, replies Henry “Sir Galahad” Oliver and shows him the ropes of the tradeIn this strange, cold and misty city where natives may be less sympathetic to the sight of a black face, Galahad met his WaterlooBut the irrepressible newcomers cannot be thrown awayHe and all the other loners of new Londoners – from the wave of the Pac to Tolroy, whose family descended on him from Jamaica – must try to create a new life for themselvesAs pessimistic “veteran” Moses shows their attempts, they gradually learn to survive and come to love the beautiful phenomena of LondonSam Selvon b1923) was born in San Fernando, of the TrinityIn 1950 Selvon left the Trinidad-for the United Kingdom, where, after the difficult moments of survival, he established himself as a writer with Un Soleil plus (1952), Une Île est un Monde (1955), Le Solitaire Londoniens (1956), Les Moyens de la lumière du Soleil (1957), Tourner de Nouveau Tiger (1958), j’Entends le Tonnerre (1963), Le Logement (1963)If you liked Solitude Londoniens, you might, like Jean Rhys Journey into the Dark or Shiva Naipaul the Fireflies, also available in Penguin Modern Classics”His Londoners Solitude has acquired a classic of the state since he appeared in 1956 definitive novel on the West London Indians’ Financial Times’ The Unforgettable Picaresquea vernacular language of the comedy of pathos” Tutor
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