The Lonely Londoners

The Lonely Londoners

Sam Selvon / Aug 24, 2019

The Lonely Londoners From the brilliant sharp witty pen of Sam Selvon his classic award winning novel of immigrant life in London in the s His Lonely Londoners has acquired a classic status since it appeared in

  • Title: The Lonely Londoners
  • Author: Sam Selvon
  • ISBN: 9780582642645
  • Page: 281
  • Format: Paperback
  • From 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 London s West Indians Financial Times The unforgettable picaresque a vernacular comedy of pathos The GuardianIn the hopeful afteFrom 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 London s West Indians Financial Times The unforgettable picaresque a vernacular comedy of pathos The GuardianIn 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.

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        Samuel Dickson Selvon aka Sam Selvon was born in San Fernando in the south of Trinidad His parents were East Indian his father was a first generation Christian immigrant from Madras and his mother s father was Scottish.He was educated there at Naparima College, San Fernando, before leaving at the age of fifteen to work He was a wireless operator with the Royal Naval Reserve from 1940 to 1945 Thereafter, he moved north to Port of Spain, and from 1945 to 1950, worked for the Trinidad Guardian as a reporter and for a time on its literary page In this period, he began writing stories and descriptive pieces, mostly under a variety of pseudonyms such as Michael Wentworth, Esses, Ack Ack, and Big Buffer Selvon moved to London, England, in the 1950s, and then in the late 1970s to Alberta, Canada, where he lived until his death from a heart attack on 16 April 1994 on a return trip to Trinidad.Selvon married twice in 1947 to Draupadi Persaud, with whom he had one daughter, and in 1963 to Althea Daroux, with whom he had two sons and one daughter.Selvon is known for novels such as The Lonely Londoners 1956 and Moses Ascending 1975 His novel A Brighter Sun 1952 , detailing the construction of the Churchill Roosevelt Highway in Trinidad through the eyes of young Indian worker Tiger, was a popular choice on the CXC English Literature syllabus for many years Other notable works include Ways of Sunlight 1957 , Turn Again Tiger 1958 and Those Who Eat the Cascadura 1972 During the 1970s and early 1980s, Selvon converted several of his novels and stories into radio scripts, broadcast by the BBC, which were collected in Eldorado West One Peepal Tree Press, 1988 and Highway in the Sun Peepal Tree Press, 1991.After moving to Canada, Selvon found a job teaching creative writing as a visiting professor at the University of Victoria When that job ended, he took a job as a janitor at the University of Calgary in Alberta for a few months, before becoming writer in residence there He was largely ignored by the Canadian literary establishment, with his works receiving no reviews during his residency.The Lonely Londoners, as with most of his later work, focuses on the immigration of West Indians to Britain in the 1950s and 1960s, and tells, mostly in anecdotal form, the daily experience of settlers from the Africa and the Caribbean Selvon also illustrates the panoply of different cities that are lived in London, as with any major city, due to class and racial boundaries In many ways, his books are the precursors to works such as Some Kind of Black by Diran Adebayo, White Teeth by Zadie Smith and The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi Selvon explained When I wrote the novel that became The Lonely Londoners, I tried to recapture a certain quality in West Indian everyday life I had in store a number of wonderful anecdotes and could put them into focus, but I had difficulty starting the novel in straight English The people I wanted to describe were entertaining people indeed, but I could not really move At that stage, I had written the narrative in English and most of the dialogues in dialect Then I started both narrative and dialogue in dialect and the novel just shot along Selvon s papers are now at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, Austin, USA These consist of holograph manuscripts, typescripts, book proofs, manuscript notebooks, and correspondence Drafts for six of his eleven novels are present, along with supporting correspondence and items relating to his career.


    1. Oh, the lovely, lonely Londoners! What a charming surprise! Expecting a bleak story of the harsh reality of Caribbean immigrants living in London in the 1950s, I was delighted to discover so much more than that, a colourful study of the city as seen through the lens of a group of newly arrived people, with plenty of dreams and plans and experience to compare with London life. It is the story of a group of West Indians trying to find a decent life for themselves in a hostile (social) climate, whe [...]

    2. I’m reading a biography of V S Naipaul at the moment and reading about his Caribbean Voices period reminded me of this book, which I’ve been meaning to read for some time. Like Naipaul, Selvon was from Trinidad and was trying to make a living as a writer in Britain in the 1950s.This is a record of the Windrush generation who came to Britain to work after the Second World War; their trials and tribulations, searching for work, trying to make ends meet (the section about the pigeons and seagul [...]

    3. Q&A: What sparked the London riots?On Saturday, August 13, in Tottenham, north London, an ethnically diverse area where locals had been protesting about the death of 29-year-old Mark Duggan, a black man who was shot in a police operation on Thursday, August 11. This initial outbreak spread into several areas of London and other major British cities, such as Birmingham and Gloucester in central England, Manchester, Salford, Liverpool and Notthingham further north and Bristol in the southwest. [...]

    4. This is a unique book, written in the same West Indian patois spoken by its characters, Afro-Caribbean immigrants to London in the 1950s. There isn't really a story, but a bunch of stories. Starting with Moses Aloetta, the veteran immigrant from Trinidad who is now responsible for initiating greenhorns to life in this cold, white city, we circle through the lives of a dozen or so other working class blacks from the West Indies. They used to think London was the center of the universe; now they h [...]

    5. Aahhh what a sweet read this is. It brings back to you the joy of having ends meet, stress off, self respect on and sun in the sky:So, cool as a lord, the old Galahad walking out to the road, with plastic raincoat hanging on the arm, and the eyes not missing one sharp craft* that pass, bowing his head in a polite ‘Good evening’ and not giving a blast if they answer or not. This is London, this is life oh lord, to walk like a king with money in your pocket, not a worry in the world.Is one of [...]

    6. 2.5The Lonely Londoners is a small novel that is really made up of several short stories about different West Indians who come to London in search of employment and with dreams of a better life. I think Selvon captures a sense of loneliness in these characters as he shows what it's like to be miles away from anyone who cares about you in a city full of white people who automatically believe you're a criminal. I love London, but I can easily see how it's the kind of city that can be exhilarating [...]

    7. "The sun shining, but Galahad never see the sun look like how it looking now. No heat from it, it just there in the sky like a force-ripe orange. When he look up the colour of the sky so chocolate it make him more frighten. It have a kind of melancholy aspect about the morning that making him shiver. He have a feeling is about seven o'clock in the evening: when he look at clock on top of a building he see it only half-past ten in the morning" ".en to this ballad what happen to Moses one summer n [...]

    8. [4.5] An excellent mix of kitchen-sink realism and picaresque, with entertaining characters. The dialect narrative gives a wonderful sense of being right inside a subculture yet is lightly enough done that it's still a pretty fast read. (It's so relaxed that it doesn't seem like a trad third-person narrative, more often like listening to an old man telling stories of what his mates got up to back in the day.) There is l great detail about the London of the 1950s and the eternal magic of the city [...]

    9. This is a book of near-mythical status to me, one that I have known about since I was 10 years old, having read extracts from it in my Rhodri Jones textbook as a schoolboy. Those mellifluous alliterations - Samuel Selvon, Lonely Londoners - have stayed with me across the decades. Had I never come across this book, it would still have set off bells ringing in my head, no matter where I found myself or how much time had passed. But as luck would have it, come across it I did - in Selvon's London o [...]

    10. It’s all in the title. I think Selvon is a very clever writer. He has created a vivid picture of London through the eyes of Jamaican immigrants in the 60s. These men were by themselves, for the most part, when entering the big city. They were met with prejudice and alienation. It’s all rather moronic because not only did some of these men fight in the war for the allies, but they also filled a massive gap in the job market that the casualties left. Yet they are alienated. What a thankful peo [...]

    11. I rate this book a 2.5. Why did I pick it up? I picked up this book due to recommendation from a podcast that I follow. I went into this book blindly. Yet, I am still disappointed. Its hard to put into words but I felt unfulfilled. However, the patois in the book created a sort of nostalgia for me.Describe the book in 5 wordsNostalgic, Funny, Honest, and I am short two words. No judgmentsWho would LOVE The Lonely Londoners Anyone who wants to get a glimpse of Caribbean immigrants in foreign (lit [...]

    12. The Lonely Londoners is at once the most apt and the most deceiving of titles for Sam Selvon's collection of anecdotes describing 1950s London. The tales centre around the Windrush generation, where men, women and whole families made the long journey to Britain from the colonies. Selvon at once reinforces the loneliness that comes with being an outsider in the vast, cold and racially prejudiced London, yet he also injects a sense of bustling, local festivity, a place for hopes and dreams (both f [...]

    13. I loved it. The Lonely Londoners is wonderful. Sam Selvon beautifully evokes immigrant life in 1950s London for various characters who have come to London from the West Indies for work and opportunity. The tale is narrated by kindhearted but homesick Moses Aloetta who introduces us to some marvellous characters: newly arrived Galahad, ladies man Cap, Tolroy whose family have arrived en masse, Five Past, and many many more. The whole book is written in patois and it is this technique that brings [...]

    14. I decided to read this book because I live in the same area as the hero, Moses and his friends (close to Ladbroke Grove station in London), and because I'm an immigrant to the UK myself (although I'm from Eastern Europe, not Trinidad).It is written in an English that imitates the speech of West Indian immigrants, a very rich and evocative language that gives a lively impression of the characters.The subject matter of the book - being an alien, living as a penniless minority in an affluent societ [...]

    15. Many nights he went there before he knew how to move around the city, and see them fellows and girls waiting, looking at they wristwatch, watching people come up the escalator from the tube. You could tell that they waiting for somebody, the way how they getting on. Leaning up there, reading the Evening News, or smoking a cigarette, or walking around the circle looking at clothes in the glasscase, and every time people coming up the escalator, they watching to see, and if the person not there, t [...]

    16. "Yet is so things does happen in life. You work things out in your own mind to a kind of pattern, in a sort of sequence, and one day bam! something happen to throw everything out of gear, what you expect to happen never happen, what you don't expect to happen always happen, and you have to start thinking all over again."It may be a tiny, unassuming book; it may not jump out and grab you like a hefty best-seller-- but Selvon's novel has a lot of heart. I love the vernacular dialogue Selvon utiliz [...]

    17. (Re-Read)Galahad got so interested in this theory about Black that he went to tell Moses. 'Is not we that the people don't like,' he tell Moses, 'is the colour Black'. But the day he went to Moses with this theory Moses was in an evil mood, because a new friend did just get in a thing with some white cellars by Praed Street, near Paddington Station. The friend was standing up there reading in the window about rooms to let and things to sell, and it had a notice saying Keep the Water White, and r [...]

    18. Short book, very popular when published, about the experience of men from the West Indies (mainly) coming to London. I'd never heard of it before this year, though it was considered seminal, apparently. Largely one anecdote following another, written in a deliberately created language which is easily understood but gives a flavour of the dialects used by "the boys". Mainly quite chirpy stories based around picking up women, finding jobs and places to stay, and male friendships, but with some ver [...]

    19. That was alright! Quite funny in places, and with some great characterisation/musings on race and life and immigration in the 50s and in general. The 8+ pages of stream-of-consciousness writing was horrid, though - 8+ pages all one sentence. My mind sort of glazed over. But yeah, very short read for my Contemporary Lit module.

    20. Almost an oral history of West Indian immigrant to a cold foggy London, and a celebration of raucous summers.

    21. "It have people living in London who don't know what happening in the room next to them, far more the street, or how other people living. London is a place like that. It divide up in little worlds, and you stay in the world you belong to and you don't know anything about what happening in the other ones except what you read in the papers. Them rich people who does live in Belgravia and Knightsbridge and up in Hampstead and them other plush places, they would never believe what it like in a grim [...]

    22. This book centers on a number of immigrants to London, mostly black West Indians. Most prominently there's Moses, who starts out the book with a grumpy mood and a cynical attitude, telling a new arrival, "Though the boys does have to get up and hustle a lot, still every man on his own. It ain't have no s--- over here like 'both of we is Trinidadians and we must help out one another.' You going to meet a lot of fellars from home who don't even want to talk to you, because they have matters on the [...]

    23. The book supposedly depicts the struggles of West Indian immigrants to Britain in the 1950s. It doesn’t. It presents sketches of very pedestrian events (well not even events really) from immigrant perspective in London. I recognise the places, having lived here all my life, but there is historical inaccuracy in this dishonest book. First of all it’s written in a style that is supposed to represent a West Indian dialect, a kind of patois but it really isn’t. Yes I write this as a white man, [...]

    24. The Lonely Londoners, one of my favorite books, is very unique in its genre. I enjoyed the native dialogue of my people used in the book and the depiction of our interpretation of the world is unique. In every aspect the book reflected the true activities of our West Indian society, not with-holding the humor that we surround ourselves with and the Sunday evening "limes" at families homes laughing and reminiscing. These are traditions that we thoroughly enjoy and every family in the Caribbean wo [...]

    25. The Lonely Londoners is the window through which I discovered for the first time the caribbean literature . The use of creole was so special that you may feel as if you are talking to a Trinidadian or a Jamaican person . It was funny and very meaningful. Infact the language used wasn't a pure west-indian dialect but a modified one regarding the fact that Sam Selvon ,the caribbean author , has two anticipated readership both Carribbean and British "what wrong with it? Galahad ask. is English we s [...]

    26. As a grim day in rainy old London grinds a pig of a year to its close, a reminder that things could be a lot worse. Selvon dives into the lives of black newcomers to the smoggy capital of the 1950s, regarded with the same suspicion as each new immigrant wave before and since. As novels go, this is towards the plotless end of the spectrum - it's more a grab-bag of incomers' tales, and none the worse for that. The voice of the narrative is determinedly vernacular, and that makes perfect sense, whi [...]

    27. I‘m glad that the ‘beat’ style of writing has more or less died out. It was a fad that favoured showy, self-indulgent and obnoxious prose, that at times seemed to degenerate into a competition as to who could fit the most clauses into one grossly under-punctuated sentence. The Lonely Londoners, then, is no exception. It’s a fleeting, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it piece of 50’s literature that serves as a quick and glossy insight into the lives of a particular minority group in then-contem [...]

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