I was in my early 20s, living in Seattle during my first year after finishing college, and had just started seeing a graduate student in English. Compared to me, she and her friends all seemed intellectual and sophisticated. In truth, at that point, I had little literary interest beyond science fiction and the Beats. So I borrowed her paperback copy and read it.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis. Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis ,. David Lodge Introduction. Regarded by many as the finest, and funniest, comic novel of the twentieth century, Lucky Jim remains as trenchant, withering, and eloquently misanthropic as when it first scandalized readers in More than just a merciless satire of cloistered college life and stuffy postwar manners, Lucky Jim is an attack on the forces of boredom, whatever form they may take, and a work of art that at once distills and extends an entire tradition of English comic writing, from Fielding and Dickens through Wodehouse and Waugh.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published September 1st by Penguin Classics first published More Details Original Title. Somerset Maugham Award Other Editions 7. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Lucky Jim , please sign up. Why do people like this book? I'm only up to chapter 5, but the main character is a real prat. He is crude and self-obsessed. How are we supposed to empathise with his plight or hope he will succeed when he is so unlikeable?
Brendan Basically for all the same reasons you're complaining about. I bet you don't like "A Confederacy of Dunces," either. I feel a little sorry for readers …more Basically for all the same reasons you're complaining about.
I feel a little sorry for readers who are preoccupied with "likability" in fictional characters. In this case, though, I can't imagine what kind of monstrous puritan could possess a heart so stony as to dislike Jim Dixon. Of course he's crude and self-obsessed, not to mention a drunk of impressive stamina. He's also a class hero at war with bourgeois pretension. He's the nerd who gets the girl in the end.
Andrew S Hatton Uhmm - I think it is ironical - it all depends what you mean by lucky? See all 3 questions about Lucky Jim…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Lucky Jim. Jim Dixon's reflection on old man Welch, the chair of the History Department at the provincial college where the novel is set: "How had he become Professor of History, even at a place like this? By published works? By extra good teaching?
No, in italics. Novels like Lucky Jim really spoke to them: young Jim Dixon enters the world of academia and polite society and detests all the airs, posturing, snootiness, arrogance and pretense.
Judging from the reviews and essays penned by British readers in the last few years, this Kingsley Amis novel continues to speak with power. As an American, the novel also spoke to me with power; however, the power and also the humor is signature British — subtle and understated. Well, subtle and understated when it is not being Monty Pythonesque, that is.
For examples we need only turn to the first pages. Hey, Welch — nobody gives a fig! And this play acting really heightens the humor, especially as Jim Dixon seethes with rage as he follows the script and, fueled by alcohol, seethes with even more rage as he rebels against the whole stage production.
Very British; very funny. Ah, rebellion! Jim Dixon is a rebel with a cause, his cause being life free of hypocrisy and stupidity. But, alas, much of his rebellion is a silent rebellion. No wonder Amis received a rather cool reception from the English faculty at Cambridge in the years following the publication of Lucky Jim! The humor escalates as Jim Dixon finds himself in a number of increasingly farcical and compromising situations, usually brought on, in part, by his own prankster antics and drinking, at such events as a stay, including obligatory singing, at the home of the Welches, a college sponsored dance and, finally, delivering a required public history lecture to a full house.
However, it must be noted, the humor cuts deeper than the comic British novels of writers like P. When I see something I want, I go for it. Do you understand that? Lastly, what would a novel by Kingsley Amis be without young ladies? Lucky Jim features two such ladies: Margaret and the above mentioned Christine. Margaret teaches history at the college, is rather plain and uses emotional blackmail to tighten her grip on menfolk; Christine is both attractive and connected to an uncle in high places.
To find out just how far Margaret will go with her blackmail and how lucky Jim Dixon will be with Christine and her uncle, you will have to read this comic jewel for yourself.
Kingsley Amis in , age 32, year of publication of Lucky Jim Jim upon waking up with a hangover. Would anyone doubt Kingsley Amis mined his own first-hand experience? Consciousness was upon him before he could get out of the way; not for him the slow, gracious wandering from the halls of sleep, but a summary, forcible ejection. He lay sprawled, too wicked to move, spewed up like a broken spider-crab on the tarry shingle of morning.
The light did him harm, but not as much as looking at things did; he resolved, having done it once, never to move his eyeballs again. 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. During the night, too, he'd somehow been on a cross-country run and then been expertly beaten up by secret police.
He felt bad. View all 25 comments. Lucky Jim reminds me of The Beatles. I like the Beatles. I enjoy the Beatles. I can recite all the reasons why The Beatles are supposed to be the greatest, most culturally relevant rock band in history. And yet For years I've heard that this novel is the funniest of the 20th century, possibly of all time.
It's had a huge impact on some of my favorite writers and comedians. It sets the standard for satires of class issues. And I did like it. I enjoyed it. It was amusing. There's huge, yawning Beatles-shaped chasm between my expectations of enjoyment of Lucky Jim and my actual enjoyment of Lucky Jim. And maybe it's just that I'm too young, too American to appreciate how radical Lucky Jim was when it was published.
Maybe, like The Beatles, you just had to be there in order to really grasp the full impact of the work View all 12 comments. I laughed once — page ! Wiki : Christopher Hitchens described it as the funniest book of the second half of the 20th century and Toby Young has judged it the best comic novel of the 20th century.
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Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
While our office is shut down due to COVID, we encourage you to purchase this title through bookshop. Click here to order. More than just a merciless satire of cloistered college life and stuffy postwar manners, Lucky Jim is an attack on the forces of boredom, whatever form they may take, and a work of art that at once distills and extends an entire tradition of English comic writing, from Fielding and Dickens through Wodehouse and Waugh. Lucky Jim illustrates a crucial human difference between the little guy and the small man. And Dixon, like his creator, was no clown but a man of feeling after all. Kingsley Amis is so talented, his observation is so keen, that you cannot fail to be convinced that the young men he so brilliantly describes truly represent the class with which his novel is concerned…. They have no manners, and are woefully unable to deal with any social predicament.
SparkNotes is here for you with everything you need to ace or teach! Find out more. Jim Dixon, a junior lecturer in history at a provincial English university in the years after World War II, nears the end of his first year at the school. Dixon has not made a good impression upon the faculty and knows that his superior, the absent-minded Professor Welch, could ask him to leave at the end of term next month. Fearful of making further bad impressions or revealing his inner disgust for Welch, Dixon agrees to give the end-of-term lecture on the theme of "Merrie England" and to stay with the Welches the following weekend for a weekend of music and the arts.