Lucky Jim (Penguin Essentials) Mass Market Paperback – 5 Apr 2012
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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)
About the Author
Kingsley Amis was born in London in 1922, educated at City of London School and St John's College, Oxford, and worked for a time as a university lecturer. Following the publication of Lucky Jim in 1954 he wrote over twenty novels, including The Alteration (1976), The Old Devils (1986), winner of the Booker Prize, and The Biographer's Moustache (1995), which was to be his last book. He published a variety of other work, writing about politics, education, language, films, restaurants and drink. Kingsley Amis received a knighthood in 1990, and died in October 1995.
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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 ›
Amis builds up the characters wonderfully and writes in such a fluent and full style. This was my first Kingsley Amis book, but it won't be my last.
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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 2 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 2 months ago by Davacott
Well written. closely observed romp through the fields of Academe depicting third rate academics whose misplaced self- regard exceeds
their scholarhip and teaching ability... Read more
If you fancy something well written and quite light hearted then I would recommend Lucky Jim. Its not that long either so it's a perfect 'on a plane' read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by James Peter Berry
A comic classic in every sense. But, more than that, also a searing insight into relationships and their various dependencies. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Garance
If you thinking of reading this I wouldn't bother. I'm in agreement with many other reviewers in saying that its dated. It is very dated and definitely rooted in its time. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ned Stark