The Lonely Londoners by Sam SelvonFrom the brilliant, sharp, witty pen of Sam Selvon, his classic award-winning novel of immigrant life in London in the 1950s.
His Lonely Londoners has acquired a classic status since it appeared in 1956 as the definitive novel about Londons West Indians. — Financial Times
The unforgettable picaresque . . . a vernacular comedy of pathos. — The Guardian
In the hopeful aftermath of war they flocked to the Mother Country—West Indians in search of a prosperous future in the glitter-city.
Instead, they have to face the harsh realities of living hand to mouth, of racism, of bone-chilling weather and bleak prospects. Yet friendships flourish among these Lonely Londoners and, in time, they learn to survive.
Lonely Londoners demand for cats is so high they are being sent down from Yorkshire
The Lonely Londoners
The West Indian immigrants in The Lonely Londoners suffer not from overt racism, but rather from a more subtle type of bigotry which is quite harmful to their lives and wellbeing. Even as Londoners refrain from broadcasting their prejudices or expressing them directly, racism repeatedly shows itself to be deeply ingrained in their society. As a result, the bigotry facing black immigrants is essentially just as disempowering as the unconcealed racial hatred that runs rampant…. In The Lonely Londoners , romantic relationships are rarely simplistic or straightforward, as the characters often engage in sexual or romantic acts in order to gain access to other cultures and classes. On the one hand, black immigrants like Galahad covet the chance to sleep with white women because it seemingly enables them to further integrate themselves into English society. In The Lonely Londoners , Selvon brings to light the emotional toll the process of immigration can take on a person. Although Moses has acclimated to life in London, he remains deeply affected by memories of Trinidad, even fantasizing about returning one day.
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Sam Selvon's The Lonely Londoners has drawn much critical attention for its language, its mix of Standard English and dialect. It has also drawn some criticism for its representation of sexuality. This essay draws attention to the text's particular strategy for the emergence and clarification of meanings on both linguistic and libidinal registers. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.
The paper focuses on the influence British politics has had upon the Windrush generation of immigrants. It shows how the characters cope with animosity, loneliness and the sense of failed promise that all lead to the traumatic experience of living in total isolation in a foreign city far from their native islands. In the aftermath of the decolonization process they fail to come to terms with their new living conditions, and as there is no return ticket to the Caribbean, they experience the ever-growing trauma of unsuccessful resettlement. Bentley N. In: Wasafiri no. Dyer R.