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  - P_S_Patrick - LibraryThing

Lucky Jim tells the comic tale of James Dixon, a man of very modest ability and enthusiasm recently appointed lecturer in Medieval History at one of the lesser red brick universities in the 1950s. As ... Read full review

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User Review  - stef7sa - LibraryThing

Mwah, funny at times, boring at others as well as a bit annoying. College humour for the upper classes, presenting the weird theory that a girl's beauty determines her character, making the not so ... Read full review

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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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