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Eldorado West One

After long hard years in the Old Brit'n, will Moses Aloetta ever save enough money to realise his dreams of returning to his native Trinidad?

£7.99

Author(s)
Sam Selvon
ISBN
9780948833069
Pages
156
Price
£7.99
Classification
Drama
Setting
United Kingdom
Date published
6 Jan 1998

After long hard years in the Old Brit'n, will Moses Aloetta ever save enough money to realise his dreams of returning to his native Trinidad?

Not if those 'damn vagabonds and reprobates', Sir Galahad, Cap and Harris, his so-called friends, have anything to do with it. These seven one act plays bring to dramatic life some of the characters who first appeared in Selvon's classic novels of exile, The Lonely Londoners and Moses Ascending. Dreams, schemes, summer gaiety and winter disappointments: the experiences of the parents and grandparents of the Black British children of today are portrayed with Selvon's characteristic humour and poignancy. 

The plays are edited with an introduction and notes by Susheila Nasta.

'This collection of vivid radio plays will be welcome to teachers wishing to dramatise Selvon's colourful stories...' - Louis James Wasafiri

Samuel (Sam) Selvon was born in San Fernando in 1923. He is the author of eleven novels, set both in Trinidad and London. He lived in London and Canada for many years. He died on a return visit to Trinidad in 1994.

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Sam Selvon

Samuel (Sam) Selvon was born in San Fernando in 1923 into a Christian Indian family which was ‘neither prosperous nor poor’. His grandfather (from Madras) was an interpreter and his father the manager of a dry goods store. His maternal grandfather was Scottish. It was a creolised family and Selvon reports little involvement with the rituals of a more Hindu life. He reports that his cultural influences were the American films showing at the local cinemas, and that as a child he was not going to ‘bother with any stupid "kar-har-jar".’ He attended Naparima College in San Fernando, before leaving at fifteen to work. From 1940-1945 he was a wireless operator with the Royal Naval Reserve, and as such closely involved with the war-time American presence which provides the backdrop for A Brighter Sun (1952).

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