Lucky Jim

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Penguin Books Limited, Apr 1, 2010 - Fiction - 288 pages
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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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User Review  - BayardUS - LibraryThing

Amis has some real writing chops, and this book is at times genuinely funny, but the story is often working at cross-purposes and the ending doesn't ring true. I consider this book decidedly a mixed ... Read full review

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User Review  - jon1lambert - LibraryThing

I had just thrown out a later edition of this book which, I thought, had become a bit dated. The bright and funny front cover of this Four Square Books paperback edition attracted me - so Lucky Jim is ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Kingsley Amis was born in 1922 in south London. He wrote over twenty novels, beginning with Lucky Jim in 1954 - which established itself as an immediate classic. He also wrote prolifically on politics, films, poetry, education, science fiction and drink - an abiding interest. He was knighted in 1990, and died in 1995.

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