Lucky Jim

Lucky Jim

A Novel

Book - 1984
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Kingsley Amis's witty campus novel, Lucky Jim is a comedy that skewers the hypocrisies and vanities of 1950s academic life. This Penguin Modern Classics edition contains an introduction by David Lodge.Jim Dixon has accidentally fallen into a job at one of Britain's new red brick universities. A moderately successful future in the History Department beckons - as long as Jim can stave off the unwelcome advances of fellow lecturer Margaret, survive a madrigal-singing weekend at Professor Welch's, deliver a lecture on 'Merrie England' and resist Christine, the hopelessly desirable girlfriend of Welch's awful son Bertrand. Inspired by Amis's friend, the poet Philip Larkin, Jim Dixon is a timeless comic character, adrift in a hopelessly gauche and pretentious world.Kingsley Amis (1922-1995), born in London, wrote poetry, criticism, and short stories, but is best remembered as the novelist whose works offered a comic deconstruction of post-war Britain. Amis explored his disillusionment with British society in novels such as Lucky Jim (1954) and That Uncertain Feeling (1955); his other works include The Green Man (1970) Stanley and the Women (1984), and The Old Devils (1986) which won the Booker Prize.If you enjoyed Lucky Jim , you might like Amis's The King's English , also available in Penguin Modern Classics.'A flawless comic novel ... I loved it then, as I do now. It has always made me laugh out loud'Helen Dunmore, The Times 'A brilliantly and preposterously funny book' Guardian
Publisher: London : Gollancz, 1984.
ISBN: 9780141182599
Characteristics: [256] p. ;,23 cm.


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Jan 07, 2019

Believable to any attending a college of higher learning with it's entrenched authorities and upstart understudies. Third novel I've read by Kingsley Amis and realize while this is his classic, quoted by social historians of 1950s England as adding a voice for the 'angry young men (and women)' of the post war period. Timeless detailed novel that sustains uproarious laughter. Great read.

Jan 20, 2015

I laughed out loud with this one.

patienceandfortitude May 06, 2014

I know a couple people who think this is the funniest book ever. I found it amusing and charming and well-written, but not hilarious. It's worth a read.

Oct 07, 2013

I just love this book. It is so absurd, so ridiculous, and so funny, yet most adults can see similar situations in their lives.

Oct 15, 2012

The ultimate situation comedy. Jim Dixon is my new hero.

Jan 27, 2010

This is an excellent read. Reminds me of David Lodge or Stephen Fry.


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Aug 13, 2008

Dixon fell silent again, reflecting, not for the first time, that he knew absolutely nothing whatsoever about other people or their lives.

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