Lucky Jim

Lucky Jim

Paperback - 2012
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Regarded by many as the finest, and funniest, comic novel of the twentieth century, Lucky Jim remains as trenchant, withering, and eloquently misanthropic as when it first scandalized readers in 1954. This is the story of Jim Dixon, a hapless lecturer in medieval history at a provincial university who knows better than most that "there was no end to the ways in which nice things are nicer than nasty ones." Kingsley Amis's scabrous debut leads the reader through a gallery of emphatically English bores, cranks, frauds, and neurotics with whom Dixon must contend in one way or another in order to hold on to his cushy academic perch and win the girl of his fancy.

More than just a merciless satire of cloistered college life and stuffy postwar manners, Lucky Jim is an attack on the forces of boredom, whatever form they may take, and a work of art that at once distills and extends an entire tradition of English comic writing, from Fielding and Dickens through Wodehouse and Waugh. As Christopher Hitchens has written, "If you can picture Bertie or Jeeves being capable of actual malice, and simultaneously imagine Evelyn Waugh forgetting about original sin, you have the combination of innocence and experience that makes this short romp so imperishable."
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9781590175750
1590175751
Characteristics: xx, 264 p. ; 21 cm.

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dinokale
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.

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robwash
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.

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macierules
Oct 15, 2012

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

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derykworrall
Jan 27, 2010

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

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Hadley
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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