9780142180143

Lucky Jim

Amis, Kingsley

ISBN 10: 0142180149 / 0-14-218014-9
ISBN 13: 9780142180143
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 2002
Binding: Softcover
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Jim Dixon has a lousy job at a second-rate university. His life is full of things he could do without: a tedious and ridiculous professor, a neurotic semi-detached girlfriend, burnt sheets, medieval recorder music and over-enthusiastic students. The solution seems to be fairly straightforward: pull faces behind people's backs, copy others' work and make sure the pretty girls choose his course. But without luck, life is never simple...

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Jim Dixon is a young University History Lecturer in his probationary year. Unfortunately, he despises his eccentric mentor, Professor Welch. The situation worsens when Jim becomes romantically involved with Christine, the desirable girlfriend of Welch's awful son, Bertrand!

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Although Kingsley Amis's acid satire of postwar British academic life has lost some of its bite in the four decades since it was published, it's still a rewarding read. And there's no denying how big an impact it had back then-- Lucky Jim could be considered the first shot in the Oxbridge salvo that brought us Beyond the Fringe, That Was the Week That Was, and so much more.

In Lucky Jim, Amis introduces us to Jim Dixon, a junior lecturer at a British college who spends his days fending off the legions of malevolent twits that populate the school. His job is in constant danger, often for good reason. Lucky Jim hits the heights whenever Dixon tries to keep a preposterous situation from spinning out of control, which is every three pages or so. The final example of this--a lecture spewed by a hideously pickled Dixon--is a chapter's worth of comic nirvana. The book is not politically correct (Amis wasn't either), but take it for what it is, and you won't be disappointed.

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