Lucky Jim

Lucky Jim Jim Dixon is a lecturer in medieval history and author of The Economic Influence of the Developments in Shipbuilding Techniques to It was a perfect title in that it crystallised the articl

Jim Dixon is a lecturer in medieval history and author of The Economic Influence of the Developments in Shipbuilding Techniques, 1450 to 1485 It was a perfect title, in that it crystallised the article s niggling mindlessness, its funereal parade of yawn enforcing facts, the pseudo light it threw upon non problems Dixon had read, or begun to read, dozens like it Jim hJim Dixon is a lecturer in medieval history and author of The Economic Influence of the Developments in Shipbuilding Techniques, 1450 to 1485 It was a perfect title, in that it crystallised the article s niggling mindlessness, its funereal parade of yawn enforcing facts, the pseudo light it threw upon non problems Dixon had read, or begun to read, dozens like it Jim hates his job, and the stuffy, bourgeois atmosphere of his redbrick university He longs to be in London, but there is no prospect of escape or career advancement In a series of disasters, he has accidentally injured the professor of English, drunkenly set fire to the bedclothes at his department head s house, and become unhappily entangled with a neurotic colleague, Margaret But Jim s luck is about to turnFirst published in 1954, Lucky Jim went on to inspire many imitators, and remains one of the funniest novels of the 20th century It explores the goldfish bowl of a provincial university and its appalling denizens Professor Welch No other professor in Great Britain, he thought, set such store by being called Professor the bearded pacifist Bertrand, and Michie, the inconveniently well informed PhD student.With this, his first book, Kingsley Amis introduced a new tone to English prose educated yet classless, down to earth and delighting in skewering meaningless phrases such as if you ll pardon the expression Why shouldn t they pardon the expression Dixon thought Why Jim s suppressed frustration with the society around him is gloriously extreme for example his desire to tie Welch up in his chair and beat him about the head and shoulders with a bottle until he disclosed why, without being French himself, he d given his sons French names This Folio Society edition is brilliantly illustrated by A Richard Allen and introduced by John Sutherland, who quite rightly points out that, Half a century on, new readers still split their sides One has to think hard to come up with a novel funnier than Lucky Jim.
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  • Glenn Russell says:

    Jim Dixon's reflection on old man Welch, the chair of the History Department at the provincial college where the novel is set: "How had he become Professor of History, even at a place like this? By published works? No. By extra good teaching? No, in italics."― Kingsley Amis, Lucky JimBritish literary critic and novelist David Lodge notes how those of his generation who came of age in England in the 1950s, men and women mostly from lower-middle income families having their first real taste of e [...]

  • Tamra says:

    Lucky Jim reminds me of The Beatles. I like the Beatles. I enjoy the Beatles. I can recite all the reasons why The Beatles are supposed to be the greatest, most culturally relevant rock band in history. And yet As a person who grew up post-Beatles, and who has heard The Beatles ALL THE TIME her entire life, the difference between the impact that I am told The Beatles should have on me, and the actual impact that The Beatles have on me, is a huge, yawning chasm of incomprehensibility.Lucky Jim re [...]

  • Paul Bryant says:

    I laughed once – page 243! - and otherwise I barely smiled, but I could see exactly where I would have been roaring and splurting had I been one of the 500,000 people who think this novel is one of the all time hootiest of hoots. (Wiki : Christopher Hitchens described it as the funniest book of the second half of the 20th century and Toby Young has judged it the best comic novel of the 20th century. So there.)There is no doubt that Kingsley Amis has a lovely deft deadly turn of phrase. Here ou [...]

  • Fabian says:

    "His mouth had been used as a latrine by some small creature of the night, and then as its mausoleum." (64)Oh, that inconceivable wit! I love English literature for its whimsy & elegance combined. "Lucky Jim" happens to charm the pants off readers. It is "Brideshead Revisited"-lite, K. Amis being an obvious disciple of Waugh (and, let me tell you, there is no better master than this English satirist). It's a romcom in which every single guy can relate to inglorious James Dixon (I certainly d [...]

  • karen says:

    to celebrate labor day and fall and back-to-school, here is a list of campus fiction & stuff that i put together:Two facts that are not related, but seem as though they ought to be:1) Autumn is my favorite season2) I love both campus novels and campus thrillersWhat’s not to love: brisk weather, fresh notebooks, hungry, impressionable minds, maybe a murder or two… So, to celebrate the return of fall and all its academic possibilities, here is a back-to-school reading list for you: 52 adul [...]

  • Alex says:

    In this comic classic from 1954, anoh God, I can't. I can't muster the fucks for one more book about a white guy who works at a university. I can't. I don't want any more.Here is the plot: this white guy, I don't know, and then whatever. Here's how I felt about it: I felt ennui. I don't care, put me in a chair by the window, put on soft music, let me die.

  • Jr Bacdayan says:

    The party was a handsome piece of flatulent sobriety, JR noted to himself. Glitters fluttered all around, bandy shanks of a particularly smelly vegetation filled the bodacious hall. No doubt, the decorators in their sheer genius prioritized the visceral over the nasal. It was going to be one of those nights when he would have to pretend that he loved the smell of urine, which was the scent the cursed broccoli were emitting. He would have to endure much more than he thought. As if on cue, the ban [...]

  • Bfisher says:

    This book is remarkable for the amount of physical humour; I sometimes felt that I was watching a Charlie Chaplin or Harold Lloyd film. There are many descriptions of making (and imagining making) peculiar facial expressions, generally accompanied by suppressed rage ("ied to flail his features into some sort of response to humour. Mentally, however, he was making a different face and promising himself he’d make it actually when next alone. He’d draw his lower lip in under his top teeth and b [...]

  • Terry says:

    The gold standard for seditious British humor. As an old man, Kingsley converted to a Tory welcome at all the best clubs. However, when he wrote this diamond he was a Trotskyite undergraduate who had seen combat while most of his contemporaries had not. Most of his dons at Oxford sat out the war as well. He already decided he had had enough of rules & regulations in the Army. Yet he must get on in college somehow. Most of the book depicts Kingsley's sometimes clandestine, sometimes open warf [...]

  • Shovelmonkey1 says:

    Meh. What happened? I was really looking forward to reading this having become a fan of Kingsley Amis and his random assembly of hapless, oh-so-british characters after reading The Green Man (its on the 1001 books list so check it out!) and so I picked up Lucky Jim.Meh.The trademark and original (this was his first book) Kingsley characterisations were here but this time they all seemed flattened and thinly stretched. Like that last pan cake when you're running out of batter. All of the characte [...]

  • Manny says:

    This book is invariably described as a comedy. Well, there's no doubt that it's often very funny, but to me it read more as a philosophical novel about the nature of love; in particular, about the question of whether it is better, in romantic matters, to behave selfishly or unselfishly. As you will see in my review of Atlas Shrugged, this is a subject I find very interesting. Kingsley Amis's position is in some ways not that far from Ayn Rand's, but it's far more nuanced. In particular, Amis is [...]

  • Jessica says:

    It took me awhile to get into this book, but once I reached the second half I blew off all responsibilities and spent my entire evening lying on a pile of unfolded laundry, howling so loudly with glee I got scared that my neighbors could hear me. Yes folks, this novel literally made me LAUGH OUT LOUD. I cry at probably one out of two of the novels I finish, but I can't remember the last book that made me actually giggle. oh yes I can, actually, it was by Martin Amis. Well, this one was funnier. [...]

  • Steve says:

    Despite the title, you don’t start out thinking of Jim Dixon as particularly lucky. He was low man on the totem pole at a provincial English university where the one on top, Professor Welch, was a quirky twit of a man —- absent-minded and egocentric with an excess of class prerogative. Jim was not so lucky in love either. The woman he was with, a fellow academic, plied whatever feminine wiles were available to one with a rather plain appearance. Christine, the more striking young lady Jim me [...]

  • Jacob says:

    Satanic Rituals Desk, The New York Review of Books, New York:"TREMBLE, MORTAL! THOU HAS SUMMONED BELPHEGOR, LORD OF THE OPENING, PRINCE OF HELL. WHAT WOULDST THOU ASK OF THE DEMON OF DISCOVERY?""Oh Mighty Belphegor, the time has come to plan NYRB's Fall 2012 lineup. What would you have us publish, Lord?""LUCKY JIM.""Beg pardon?""LUCKY JIM. KINGSLEY AMIS. ALWAYS WANTED TO READ IT.""But--but, Lord! Hasn't Penguin Classics already published it?""I CARE NOT.""Butwhat I mean to say, Master, is that L [...]

  • Julie Ehlers says:

    Many years ago, I briefly dated a guy whose favorite book was Lucky Jim. I'd barely heard of the novel at the time, but I made a mental note of it, and for whatever reason I've now finally gotten around to reading it. I wish I'd read it back when I was dating him, because this portrayal of a totally clueless dude who sometimes hurts people but is completely astonished to realize he's done so because he sees himself as a pure and honest soul just fumbling around would have given me quite an insig [...]

  • Wayne says:

    I didn't know much about this book, but had seen it on a few "best novels of the 20th century lists." I took it on a trip to Toronto with a few other lightweight books, and read it last. There were two key aspects about the book that hooked me. The first was the wonderful cast of very memorable and slightly crazy characters. Even the protagonist -- one Jim Dixon -- was host to several quirky characteristics. Yet the author managed to stay within the bounds of belief.The second aspect was the wri [...]

  • Satyajeet says:

    Sublime.—That was Kingsley Amis, the author, in real life. I picked this book just because of those last three lines in the Author's introduction. The book was remarkable too by the way!4/5 for the Book5/5 for the Author

  • Patrick Brown says:

    Among the best books I've read. Funny as all hell, and exactly the sort of funny I like. This is one of the few books I've read multiple times. Every few years I get the itch to read it again.

  • Eleanor says:

    I can't imagine how I have missed reading this hilarious book until now. I keep remembering some of the situations and laughing out loud all over again.James Dixon lurches from one comic disaster to the next, and yet somehow it all comes right for him at the end - which of course is what we want for him.Favourite moments have to include the matter of the bedclothes and the table while staying overnight at his Professor's home, and of course the wonderful lecture on "Merrie England" towards the e [...]

  • Samuel Williams says:

    Perhaps I'm a stuffed-shirted bore, but I didn't find Lucky Jim anywhere near as funny as it was made out to be. Granted, it did make me smile sometimes, and laugh out loud occasionally. But it doesn't seem to have much else going for it. There's wit enough, but much of the comedy is physical rather than verbal, with strong elements of farce, and would probably work better on stage or screen than in print. The language is gratingly formal and often feels mechanical, even when viewed as a parody [...]

  • Rachel Elizabeth says:

    I loved the cleverness of this book and laughed out loud a few times, but I had too many problems to enjoy much else about it. For one thing, I didn't find any of the characters compelling or worth caring about and often felt like I could put it down and be perfectly OK with not picking it back up again. But mainly, I hated Dixon's attitude towards women. Specifically Margaret, who he clearly feels like he's settling for in the beginning and then who gets the shaft for Christine simply because s [...]

  • Lydia says:

    I read this book back in, I think it was 2012, originally. I enjoyed it, I thought it was a solid read. Kingsley Amis writes the protagonist, Jim, well. He's a misanthropic man who's just done with the world and society and everything. I found some scenes really readable and quick to get to, but others I felt really dragged on a bit.The action seemed to slow in parts because so much of this book is part of Jim's internal dialogue, so after his long, sprawling inner rants, the narrator sort of zo [...]

  • Ellie says:

    This is one of those books I've been meaning to read for years. The blurb I read ("funniest book of the 20th century", seemed hard to live up to. But it kept coming up on those lists of "have you read/must have read" etc. so I finally read it.And it was amusing. Not the funniest book of the 20th century, maybe A Confederacy of Dunces or P. G. Wodehouse or maybe even Mapp and Lucia holds that spot for me but funny in a Fawlty Towers kind of way. Very British, I think. I also think it must have be [...]

  • David Lentz says:

    Jim Dixon is a testament to God's grace on this earth: he is genuinely a horrible man in nearly every respect and yet, call it grace or luck, he plays well with random chance and it generates a few good laughs. Lucky Jim is completely unworthy of all the grace which seems to come his way. Consider that he is reckless, disloyal, drunk, a fool, an idiot with women, sexist, clumsy and self-destructive beyond belief. He is the anti-hero in the tradition of Martin Amis and every JP Donleavy protagoni [...]

  • Apatt says:

    I tend to be very unfair to comic (humorous) novels, I have this unreasonable demand that every page makes me laugh. Quite a tall order for the poor authors I think, but I can’t help it, so I generally avoid reading comic novels. I stumbled upon an audiobook of Lucky Jim on Youtube and thought I’d give it a go as it is often listed as one of the all-time great novels; my aversion to comic novels notwithstanding (freebies conquer all). Lucky Jim is the story of James Dixon a history lecturer [...]

  • Andreea says:

    Ehh, finally finished, but only because I had to return it to the library. I had such high expectations for this novel because its description in 'Faulks on Fiction' was so interesting, but the novel itself ended up being a big pile of fail. Delightful as James Dixon's rants are, they get old pretty soon (especially since he only ever rants about how much he hates his job and how much better he is than everybody else) and nothing else happens in the novel. Absolutely nothing. It doesn't help eit [...]

  • AC says:

    Didn't like this -- droll, not funny. I didn't like Amis' prose, and found the narrative dull and trite. Besides, I don't like 'comedy' (as a genre). Margaret Peel, of course, is Monica Margaret Beale Jones, and these nasty descriptions were fed to Amis by Jones' common-law partner of 30-years, Philip Larkin. Martin Amis has some amusing comments on her and Larkin.

  • Marieke says:

    Please tell me there is a film or television adaptation starring Rowan Atkinson in the title role. Because that is who i was picturing the whole time, what with all the faces Dixon liked to pull. Granted, not being an English person from the 1950s, some faces i had to look up, like: Edith Sitwell.

  • Daphne says:

    Sometimes I come upon a 'classic' like thisad itd then question everything I thought I valued in good literature. Maybe it's me? Is it my taste and literary palate that sucks? I couldn't help but to constantly compare it to works by Wodehouse, and it came up lacking in every way. The worst was probably when a female character went into 'hysterics' because Jim is an asshole. The solution? Another dude comes into the room and slaps her multiple times across the face then makes her drink scotch. Sh [...]

  • Renée Paule says:

    If I get free time, I will re-read this wonderful book.

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