Penguin Decades bring you the novels that helped shape modern Britain. When they were published, some were bestsellers, some were considered scandalous, and others were simply misunderstood. All represent their time and helped define their generation, while today each is considered a landmark work of storytelling.
Kingsley Amis's Lucky Jim was published in 1954, and is a hilarious satire of British university life. Jim Dixon is bored by his job as a medieval history lecturer. His days are only improved by pulling faces behind the backs of his superiors as he tries desperately to survive provincial bourgeois society, an unbearable 'girlfriend' and petty humiliation at the hands of Professor Welch.
Lucky Jim is one of the most famous and influential of all British post-War novels.
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Review: Lucky JimUser Review - Nicholas - Goodreads
Sir Amis has a prose style that I can only describe as buttoned-up, stilted, ungenerous, ungiving and vehemently tight-arsed (a side effect, possibly, of his setting: The English academic institution ... Read full review
Review: Lucky JimUser Review - Chana - Goodreads
I found it farcical but not very funny. It was a little difficult to understand at first but by the time of the arty party given by Dixon's boss, the Professor of History, I was pretty clued in. It ... Read full review