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 - Air Knight - Goodreads
This book has its merits but it certainly was a difficult read, either because the humor is too localized (1950-british) to truly reach me or it just has aged poorly. Lucky Jim's story itself doesn't ... Read full review
Review: Lucky JimUser Review - Ally Shand - Goodreads
Absolutely brilliant! An enchanting and frequently hilarious novel about the pitfalls of making one's way in the cloistered and unpredictable world of academia. Read full review