SUMMARY ☆ Moses Ascending



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 author was slapped at an event by a female activist for his horrid portrayal of women in his booksFor a man writing about a character who supposedly had sex with hundreds of white women and managed to get Brenda to sleep with him even after he let his friend try to rape her without interfering this author seems to have neither respect for nor an understanding of womenIt's not an awful book I am not so blinding by anger right now that I cannot see the redeeming ualities of the prose But man Ugh


  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 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


  4. says:

    Brilliantly evocative of the time and superbly written Within the stylish writing and lyrical prose there's a bitterness that lingers long after the story ends I'm not sure if it's a bitterness of disillusionment the ones that will bring you down the most are your own people the same people who are as prejudiced against peoples of other colours as white man is prejudiced against black or a bitterness of the author Either way in a strange way it doesn't detract from the story call it what you will it certainly adds another flavour to the storylineIt's a story of the rise and fall of Moses a man not unaware of the struggle of black people against the establishment in the 1970s but a man who having worked slaved? all his life now wants some peace and uiet Though I'm not sure his fall is as much of a fall as some would argue I really enjoyed the nuanced and above all realistic attitudes that prevailed at the timeSome parts jar some characterisations don't succeed totally but all in all a thoroughly enjoyable read


  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 and nicely written passages but it’s an uncomfortable and rather dated read


  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 on the leadership of this community within their strange 'Promised Land' of London 'Moses Ascending' picks up several years after the final scene of 'The Lonely Londoners' Moses now being a man of property enjoying relatively high social status But he gets himself into a few comical scrapes which leave him in very different circumstances and a 'changed man'Love the inter textual links with DeFoe's 'Robinson Crusoe' in this trilogy the final one being 'Moses Migrating' and the comedy really does make you laugh out loud whilst at the same time cringe at the stigma and stereotypes that are prevalent towards the racial 'other' in society May 2015 Have just re read this novel in preparation for a Uni essay Love it even the second time around so it goes from three to five stars


  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 socially acceptable to act the way he did I like to think we've moved on from that behaviourAnyway I particularly liked moments such as the goat situation in the back garden perhaps because mum says that was what it used to be back at home in the 70s A pretty good read


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READ & DOWNLOAD º eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Û Sam Selvon

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READ & DOWNLOAD º eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Û Sam Selvon

The derelict house in Shepherd's Bush that Moses takes on becomes the scene for a topsy 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 author was slapped at an event by a female activist for his horrid portrayal of women in his booksFor a man writing about a character who supposedly had sex with hundreds of white women and managed to get Brenda to sleep with him even after he let his friend try to rape her without interfering this author seems to have neither respect for nor an understanding of womenIt's not an awful book I am not so blinding by anger right now that I cannot see the redeeming ualities of the prose But man Ugh