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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Funny with a delightful ending - Goodreads
The ending made me smile like an idiot. - Goodreads
I mean, I liked how the plot progressed...but meh. - Goodreads
This writer is the essence of British class comedy. - Goodreads
Wonderful insight into 1940's English life. - Goodreads
Masterful writing full of intelligent whimsy. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Vicki - Goodreads

I really didn't like any of the characters. The writing was clever and I did enjoy his depictions of the university heads. Funny. Read full review

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User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

I read John Cleese's autobiography a couple of months ago, and he mentioned how Lucky Jim "consistently made me laugh out loud." That was endorsement enough for me. While I think some of the humor was ... Read full review

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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