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Samuel Selvon

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Samuel Selvon

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Perspective and Narrator

The Lonely Londoners is narrated from a limited third-person point of view from the perspective of Moses, a Trinidadian man who has lived in England for 10 years. The narrator's Caribbean dialect draws the reader into the immigrants' environment.


The Lonely Londoners is told in the past tense, reflecting an oral tradition. However, the narrative's West Indian dialect does not use the –ed endings common to past tense verbs in standard English.

About the Title

The title The Lonely Londoners expresses the sense of isolation experienced by Caribbean immigrants when they come to London. Many have served in British military forces during World War II (1939–45), and they might have expected to be welcomed in recognition of their service. However, they are met with prejudice. The sense of community they have known on their home islands is but a memory. The immigrants sometimes fail even in their support of each other.


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