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review 2017-06-04 09:12
Rezension | Die Taugenichtse
Die Taugenichtse: Roman - Samuel Selvon,Miriam Mandelkow

Klappentext

 

Moses, Big City, Fünf-nach-zwölf und die anderen setzen große Hoffnungen in ihr neues Leben im »Zentrum der Welt«, so nennen sie das London der Nachkriegszeit. Sie sind aus der Karibik hierhergekommen, jetzt staunen sie über die Dampfwolken vor ihren Mündern. Und wenn der Wochenlohn wieder nicht reicht, jagen sie eben die Tauben auf dem Dach. Kapitulation? Niemals! Stattdessen beginnen die Überlebenskünstler, sich neu zu erfinden – und ihre neue Heimat gleich mit.

 

Samuel Selvons Ton zwischen kreolischem Straßenslang und balladesker Suada setzt sich sofort ins Ohr. Bedingungslos aufrichtig erzählt Selvon von den ersten Einwanderern Englands, die das Land für immer verändert haben – sein Denken, seine Sprache, sein Selbstverständnis.

 

Meine Meinung

 

Samuel Selvons Roman „Die Taugenichtse“ erschien bereits 1956 in englischer Sprache unter dem Titel „The Lonely Londoners“. Nun wurde der erfolgreiche Roman über die ersten Einwanderer Englands, der bereits den Status eines Klassikers inne hat, ins Deutsche übersetzt und von der dtv Verlagsgesellschaft veröffentlicht.

 

"Aber das Leben ist so, es passiert einfach. Man legt sich was zurecht im Kopf, eine Art Muster, eine Art Reihenfolge, und auf einmal bam! passiert was, und alles ist aus der Spur." (Seite 50)

 

Samuel Selvon vermittelt in seinem Roman unmissverständlich eine wichtige Botschaft über Migration und Klassenunterschiede, und zeigt beispielhaft auf wie nah Hoffnung und Verzweiflung beieinander liegen, und doch konnte mich das Buch einfach nicht berühren. Das Lesen strengte mich durch die Sprache im kreolischen Straßenslang, die der Autor für seine Geschichte gewählt hat, unglaublich an und verdarb mir somit schon mal den Lesegenuss. Natürlich kann man den Kritikern zustimmen, dass diese Sprache außergewöhnlich authentisch und sehr passend ist – mich hat der gebrochene Schreibstil, der einem Wortschwall ohne jegliche Ordnung gleicht, leider nicht angesprochen.

 

"Manchmal denkt man, man ist auf dem richtigen Weg, aber dann muss man doch noch mal neu denken." (Seite 55)

 

Der Plot, der sich vor allem um die Geschichten diverser männlicher Einwanderer in London dreht und wie unterschiedlich sie ihren Alltag meistern, versprüht jede Menge melancholisches Südsee-Flair. Im Mittelpunkt steht der Erzähler Moses, der unter den ersten Einwanderern aus den karibischen Kolonien Großbritanniens nach England war. Er fühlt sich für die neu eintreffenden Immigranten verantwortlich und greift einigen davon unter die Fittiche.

 

"So redet Galahad mit der Farbe Schwarz, als wenn sie ein Mensch wäre, und erzählt ihr, dass nicht er hier die Ärgerung bringt, sondern Schwarz, ein wertloses Geschöpf, das überall Aufruhr macht." (Seite 91)

 

Im Verlauf des Romans macht der Leser Bekanntschaft mit den unterschiedlichsten Charakteren und Schicksalen. Eines ist jedoch bei allen gleich, alle brauchen sie Geld und sind nach hübschen Frauen (egal welcher Nationalität) und einer besseren Zukunft aus. So gesehen gleichen sich die einzelnen Handlungsstränge dann doch wieder etwas.

 

Der Roman enthält ein Nachwort von Sigrid Löffler das geradezu vor Begeisterung sprüht. Zu gerne hätte ich mich den Lobeshymnen angeschlossen da ich die Thematik von Samuel Selvons Roman sehr wichtig finde, und gerade heute in Zeiten der Flüchtlingskrise, ist es auch noch brand aktuell. Leider hat mir die Umsetzung und Sprache des Romans nicht zugesagt, deshalb vergebe ich 3 von 5 Grinsekatzen.

 

Fazit

 

Eine authentisch erzählte Geschichte über die Einwanderung in England.

Source: www.bellaswonderworld.de/rezensionen/rezension-die-taugenichtse-von-samuel-selvon
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review 2014-01-12 15:55
The Lonely Londoners
The Lonely Londoners - Samuel Selvon

bookshelves: london, lifestyles-deathstyles, britain-england, published-1956, winter-20132014, contemporary

Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from January 04 to 12, 2014

 

BABT

BBC Blurb: Sam Selvon's rich and touching 1956 novel about the lives of a group of Caribbean immigrants in London opens as Moses Aloetta, an old hand who has lived in the city for ten years, goes to Waterloo station to meet another boat train of hopeful new arrivals from the West Indies. They've come to find work and wealth in the capital of the mother country, but they meet with a cold welcome and bitter weather. Despite this, Moses and his friends of the Windrush generation go about making new lives for themselves with vigour and panache, navigating the rules and regulations of their new home, lending support to each other when needed, learning to survive; it's not long before, as Moses puts it, 'the boys coming and going, working, eating, sleeping, going about the vast metropolis like veteran Londoners.'

The Lonely Londoners will be broadcast the week before Colin MacInnes' vibrant novel about London, Absolute Beginners, set just a couple of years later as racial tensions rise; together the two books offer an unforgettable portrait of a city and a society undergoing convulsive change.

Reader: Don Warrington Abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths Producer: Sara Davies.



1. Don Warrington reads Sam Selvon's 1950's classic about the lives of a group of Caribbean immigrants in London.

2. Moses has met Sir Galahad off the boat train at Waterloo and sets about introducing him to his new home. Galahad is keen to show he's not overawed by London, but a trip to the employment exchange leaves him in need of Moses' help.

3. Moses's friend Tolroy was horrified when his entire family turned up at Waterloo, wanting to enjoy his new prosperity in London. He has eventually got them settled off the Harrow Road, and Aunt Tanty is rapidly becoming a well-known character in the area. But she still hasn't ventured into the centre if the city by tube or bus, something that she decides to remedy.

4. Galahad is getting on well in London, in fact he sometimes feels like a king as he strolls through the park, three or four pounds in his pocket, sharp clothes on, off to meet a new girl under the clock in Piccadilly tube station. But there's a darker side to the city, and a hungrier one, that prompts Galahad into a high-risk exploit.

5. As summer comes to the city, Moses's friend Harris organises a dance, and Moses contemplates his life after ten years in London.

Listen here. Theme tune: LORD KITCHENER - London Is the Place for Me

That is the first time I have noticed a broadcasting mistake - they aired #3 on Tuesday and #2 on Wednesday. Keeps us on our toes!
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review 2012-09-15 00:00
The Lonely Londoners - Samuel Selvon A fantastic discovery.

More on this review here - http://cecileswriters.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/samirs-favorite-reads-of-2012/
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review 2012-09-01 00:00
The Lonely Londoners - Samuel Selvon 2.5
The 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 or sad depending on the circumstances it finds you in.

This story is set in the 1950s, a time when Britain opened its doors to all citizens of British colonies and invited them to come to the country without needing a visa. At this time, there were more jobs available in Britain than could be filled and these employment opportunities were advertised to many West Indians. In response, thousands accepted the invitation only to discover that they were not being welcomed with open arms when they arrived. The vast majority were young men who came alone, often with the intention of finding a home and a steady job so they could send for their family later.

The main problem with The Lonely Londoners for me was that it needed to be about double the size and perhaps focus on less characters. Though this latter may not have been a problem if the book was longer and allowed room to fully explore each individual's story. As it was, I felt like I read four prologues, they were all missing something, they seemed incomplete. I understand the necessity to tell a few different stories because not every immigrant during this time would have had the same experience, but none of the stories were told fully enough to properly engage me with any of the characters. Like I said, four prologues.

Another thing I disliked was the narrative voice. I'm sure this won't bother some people and I know why the author did it - to make it sound authentically like a West Indian speaking English when they are not that familiar with the language - but it bothered me because the novel is written in third person. If it had been written in first person it would make sense for the narrator to speak/think in this way: "He had was to get up from a nice warm bed and meet a fellar that he didn't even know."

The narrative voice aside, if someone had presented me with this and told me it was a prologue to a novel then I would be interested in reading the rest. On it's own, though, I think it is lacking. The one thing I can say for definite that it did do was communicate the promise in the title of loneliness. There is something very sad about being alone and Selvon's characters are on their own in an unfamiliar world that doesn't want them.
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review 2011-05-22 00:00
Lonely Londoners
The Lonely Londoners - Samuel Selvon 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 have to cope with living in a place that makes it clear in the "English manner" that they aren't wanted.

Us Yanks are familiar with the "American Dream" and all the promise and hypocrisy and betrayal and disappointment it implies, especially for immigrants of the wrong skin color. You could say this is a book about the "Imperial Dream"; immigrants to Britain arriving with dreams that are too often crushed, and Britain's fading dreams of empire, for whom all the immigrants landing on its shores from former colonies are an unwelcome symbol of its crumbling glory.

Newcomer Galahad is the second person we meet, right off the boat from Trinidad. He's a brash young man who's full of talk, putting on a brave front that quickly erodes. We go on to meet Cap, the eternal hustler who's always drifting from hotel to hotel, woman to woman; Five Past Midnight (so-nicknamed because his skin is so dark); Harris, the most assimilated of the crew, who throws elegant parties attended by white people and speaks and dresses like them but slips into creole when he's around "the boys"; Lewis, always looking for his runaway wife; and half a dozen other comical, tragic figures. Each of them gets a page or two here or there, and then we skip to someone else's story.

It took a while to get into this book, but the voice grew on me, and it's very easy to empathize with the characters, who represent the full range of human virtues and vices. Selvon was writing fiction but it felt like he was writing about people he knew; maybe he was. Don't expect a profound meditation on race relations or colonialism, even though those things pervade the book, and don't expect a plot, but it's still worth reading both for the viewpoints and the prose. In the end, the circle comes back around to Moses, who meditates on how far he's come without getting anywhere. You feel what they feel, the coldness and energy, hope and hunger, and the fight for survival in 1950s London. Very different from anything I've read before and not my usual sort of book, but I definitely recommend it. Don't pay attention to all the college students griping about how they had to read this book for a class and hated it; it's worth reading for its own sake.
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