Lucky Jim

Lucky Jim

Book - 2010
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Penguin Decades bring you the novels that helped shape modern Britain. When they were published, some were bestsellers, some were considered scandalous, and others were simply misunderstood. All represent their time and helped define their generation, while today each is considered a landmark work of storytelling.

Kingsley Amis's Lucky Jim was published in 1954, and is a hilarious satire of British university life. Jim Dixon is bored by his job as a medieval history lecturer. His days are only improved by pulling faces behind the backs of his superiors as he tries desperately to survive provincial bourgeois society, an unbearable 'girlfriend' and petty humiliation at the hands of Professor Welch.

Lucky Jim is one of the most famous and influential of all British post-War novels.

Publisher: London : Penguin, [2010], c1953.
ISBN: 0141046716
9780141046716
9780141182599
Branch Call Number: FIC Amis
Characteristics: x, 264 pages

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sydavey
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.

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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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