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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Sam Selvon's fifth novel Moses Ascending addresses the ethnic experience with dual prongs: linguistic and racial. Although the situation of the novel is not new -- the plight of the subject come to the motherland -- having been treated by George Lamming and others, this handling of the basic theme is: all the sacred cows fall before Selvon's iconoclastic pen. Moses, the "I" protagonist, is but a faintly veiled, highly disillusioned Selvon who dares look at the present world situation: the emperor has no clothes.
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