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Turvy irreverent seuence of events The account of his attempts to cope with situations. A tragi comic story of one man s physical and figurative ascent in Shepherd s Bush in 70s London There are some well observed and nicely written passages but it s an uncomfortable and rather dated read

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Moses Ascending

The derelict house in Shepherd's Bush that Moses takes on becomes the scene for a topsy. Moses Ascending is about Caribbean immigrant Moses and his experiences writing his so called memoirs as he enjoys his retirement in Britain as the landlord of delipidated property in Shepherds Bush After years of toiling and living in danky basements Moses is finally about to enjoy the high life as the master in his West London penthouse with his servant Bob and his somewhat problematic tenants Things get complicated when Moses realises he s got a Black PantherPower movement operating in his basement and Pakistanis illegally being smuggled into the country via his house How does Moses handle all of this well uite badly I found Moses pompous pretentious philosophical attitude and wisdom humorous and found myself smiling all the way through The book is written in a slight Caribbean dialect which I found easy to read and added character although I realise some reader found it hard to understand Would I say Moses Ascending is a must read yes and no the book is a snapshot into the what life was like for a West Indian black migrant in the 70s was life however the storyline I felt was somewhat melodramatic and unrealistic at times All in all and nice short fun read 35 stars

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Together with a penchant for early wholesome philosophizing form the basis of this boo. Another classic in the Selvon catalogue not as good as Lonely Londoners but then what is


10 thoughts on “Moses Ascending

  1. says:

    When I read this book for class I thought it was a satire of something that might have happened in 1970s London I even sort of enjoyed it though the treatment of Brenda and the racism in the book was jarring at times Then I read the introduction While the author was satirizing some things he apparently was not joking when writing the out of control misogyny in this novel The best thing about this book is that years later the au

  2. says:

    Sharply witty incessantly ironic infectiously fast moving A British comedy of sex and race in the 70s from the point of view of Moses a black landlord hoping to live large and instead encountering illegal immigrants Black Power radicals living in his basement and infidelity scandals involving his servant Bob Read for class Anglophone Literatures of the Third World

  3. says:

    Moses Ascending is about Caribbean immigrant Moses and his experiences writing his so called memoirs as he enjoys his retirement in Britain as the landlord of delipidated property in Shepherds Bush After years of toiling and living

  4. says:

    Brilliantly evocative of the time and superbly written Within the stylish writing and lyrical prose there's a bitterness that lingers long af

  5. says:

    A tragi comic story of one man’s physical and figurative ascent in Shepherd’s Bush in 70s London There are some well observed a

  6. says:

    The biggest thing I can say about this is that it could have been written yesterday with its issues of racial tensions anti Islamic comments and refugees I'm not entirely sure what the point of the novel was as Moses is a very strange narrator but it was okay

  7. says:

    Another classic in the Selvon catalogue not as good as Lonely Londoners but then what is?

  8. says:

    Read for a Black British Literature class and prefer to save my rage for the massive paper to be written on this

  9. says:

    Having studied 'The Lonely Londoners' for one of my Uni modules which was a BRILLIANT book I eagerly downloaded 'Moses Ascending' onto my Kindle to find out what happens to the hero narrator Moses Aloetta next Moses is one of a community of black immigrants from the West Indies The 'Windrush' generation who emigrated to England after WW2 to help re build the war ravaged cities As his name suggests Moses takes

  10. says:

    I thought this book was really interesting Funny at times relatively fast paced whilst addressing what life may have been like for the Windrush gen Once you adapt to the context of the novel and realise that Britain was far less of a politically correct nation it makes for easy reading Of course people interpret Moses as sexist and uite racist at points but I think that shows the age of the novel Back then it may have been socia