Kingsley Amis' witty campus novel, "Lucky Jim" is a comedy that skewers the hypocrisies and vanities of 1950s academic life. This "Penguin Modern Classics" edition contains an introduction by David Lodge. Jim Dixon has accidentally fallen into a job at one of Britain's new red brick universities. A moderately successful future in the History ...
Kingsley Amis' witty campus novel, "Lucky Jim" is a comedy that skewers the hypocrisies and vanities of 1950s academic life. This "Penguin Modern Classics" edition contains an introduction by David Lodge. Jim Dixon has accidentally fallen into a job at one of Britain's new red brick universities. A moderately successful future in the History Department beckons - as long as Jim can stave off the unwelcome advances of fellow lecturer Margaret, survive a madrigal-singing weekend at Professor Welch's, deliver a lecture on 'Merrie England' and resist Christine, the hopelessly desirable girlfriend of Welch's awful son Bertrand. Inspired by Amis's friend, the poet Philip Larkin, Jim Dixon is a timeless comic character, adrift in a hopelessly gauche and pretentious world. Kingsley Amis (1922-1995), born in London, wrote poetry, criticism, and short stories, but is best remembered as the novelist whose works offered a comic deconstruction of post-war Britain. Amis explored his disillusionment with British society in novels such as "Lucky Jim" (1954) and "That 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. If you enjoyed "Lucky Jim", you might like Amis's "The King's English", also available in "Penguin Modern Classics". "A flawless comic novel...I loved it then, as I do now. It has always made me laugh out loud." (Helen Dunmore, "The Times"). "A brilliantly and preposterously funny book." ("Guardian").
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Lucky Jim is the story of James Dixon as he struggles to overcome his vices and find his voice. Unexpected turns and humorous twists bring the reader into the story of this born loser, struggling within the education system. This book is highly recommended for its entertaining commentary on the generational gap in colleges and universities, which is perhaps as applicable today as it was at the book's post-WWII release.
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