- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (1 Nov. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1856132773
- ISBN-13: 978-1856132770
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 12.6 x 2.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 390,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lucky Jim Paperback – 1 Nov 2008
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A brilliant and preposterously funny book (Guardian)
It has always made me laugh out loud . . . a flawless comic novel' (Helen Dunmore The Times)
A seminal campus novel (David Lodge) --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
About the Author
Kingsley Amis' (1922-1995) works take a humorous yet highly critical look at British society, especially of the period following the end of World War II. He was born in London. Amis explored his disillusionment with British society in novels such asTHAT 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. Amis also wrote poetry, criticism, and short stories.
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I now have a theory that the reason this novels appeals so much to some and not to others is that the world is divided into Bertrands and Jims - the former definitely would hate this book. They'd be into magic realism or something. If you like this you will almost definitely like "Take a Girl like You" which is almost the same book with the characters shifted round a bit but slightly less funny - apart from Julian Ormerod who is pant-wettingly hilarious. Every time I read either of these I crease up and for a long time after I read Lucky Jim even thinking about it was enough to set me off. Buy two copies cos you'll loan one to your friend and never see it again.
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.Read more ›
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On a mission to read some modern classics - this didn't disappoint. Very funny and a lovely insight into a vanished world.Published 2 months ago by GeeBee
I first read this novel in 1964. The circumstances were that we had a new English master at school. Hitherto we had been fed a diet of Dickens and Shakespeare. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stephen Cooper
Lucky Jim is still a classic and had me bursting out laughing in parts. Apart from the rather dull conversations between Jim and Margaret about theur feelings towards each other,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ivan Kinsman
Couldn't get into t. Yes I know its a comedy classic but it was very of its time and I lost patience.Published 6 months ago by Davacott
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