- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; Media tie-in edition (7 Mar. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141006102
- ISBN-13: 978-0141006109
- Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 1.7 x 18.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 168 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,268,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lucky Jim Paperback – 7 Mar 2002
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Directed by: Robin Sheppard (At Home with the Braithwaites); Adapted by: Jack Rosenthal (Wide-Eyed and Legless; Starring: Stephen Tompkinson (Grafters); Robert Hardy (All Creatures Great and Small); Helen McCrory (Anna Karenina); Keeley Hawes (Wivesand Daughters); Stephen Mangan (Adrian Mole); Hermione Norris (Cold Feet)
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The other thing that soon takes hold is the majesty of Amis's powers of description. Sentences splatter the page which are worthy of being put in a case and displayed in a museum. The way he describes a particularly heavy hangover for the protagonist ('A dusty thudding in his head made the scene before him beat like a pulse. His mouth had been used as a latrine by some small creature of the night, and then as its mausoleum')and a tortuous bus-ride at the novel's climax are an absolute joy. And the novel is genuinely laugh-out-loud funny with some brilliant moments of dark humour. For me, the least satisfactory paragraph is the novel's closing one, but otherwise a sensationally witty and enjoyable read.
Fighting his way out of a dusty attic could be a metaphor for what our hero Jim Dixon is doing in this story. He's stuck in world of limited options, not sure how to go further. A working-class grammar school boy (remember those ?) who has scraped a lecturing job in an un-named provincial university, cheekily sticking his nose into a world of drawing-room music recitals where the unavailable prettiest girl in the room and her artist boyfriend talk about chaps they know from the BBC. He gets his girl in the end of course, and a plum job too - the clue is in the title. But that doesn't spoil the plot one little bit. You'll be rooting for Lucky Jim all the way through, right to the hilarious end. How does he get what he wants ? A bit of cleverness; a bit of perseverance; but mostly he's just lucky, right at the moment when he seems to have screwed up everything.
A joy to have this stupidly funny book on my Kindle (even with a few typos) three decades after I first discovered it and sixty years after it was published.
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