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Is’s scabrous debut leads the reader through a gallery of emphatically English bores cranks frauds and neurotics with whom Dixon must contend in one way or another in order to hold on to his cushy academic perch and win the girl of his fancyMore than just a merciless satire of cloistered college life and stuffy postwar manners Lucky Jim is an attack on the forces of boredom whatever form they may take and a wor 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 500000 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 thereThere is no doubt that Kingsley Amis has a lovely deft deadly turn of phrase Here our young medieval history lecturer is talking with his aggravating old fool of a professor An expression of unhappiness was beginning to settle on Welch s small eyed face Dixon was at first pleased to see this evidence that Welch s mind could still be reached from the outsideNow as Dixon had been half expecting all along Welch produced his handkerchief It was clear that he was about to blow his nose This was usually horrible if only because it drew unwilling attention to Welch s nose itself a large open pored tetrahedronLucky Jim is a rom com but comedy is always only the top level of what s going on in comedy and just under the surface of Jim s vicious daydreams of stabbing the professor and vomiting on his dreadful son there is a very human very sad and desperate picture of a guy who s found himself in a job he hates and in a vague not uite romantic relationship with a woman he only very faintly likes but feels obligated to and anyway it s not like there are any other female candidates around His days are thus filled with a mixture of toadying fawning apologizing being hedged in hemmed in feeling awkward wrong footed socially inferior and desperate to pass his probationary year so he can look forward to a career composed of toadying and fawning and lectures he dreads having to write His situation is grisly and I think uite common then and now In a future decade he d be ingesting pharmaceuticals for sure but all he has to alleviate this inverted Vesuvius of bubbling suppression is beer and cigarettes this being the very late 1940s and so we get pages of extraordinarily detailed description of the pleasures and ravages of beer and fags The women of every decade up to the last one have had to accept smooching from men reeking of beer and smoking I guess people can get used to pretty much anythingA rom com has to have obstacles for the temporary thwarting of the young lovers and these are often in the form of arrogant buffoons like Malvolio in Twelfth Night or Daniel Cleaver in Bridget Jones Diary or Pete in Shaun of the Dead Lucky Jim has two the bearded painter Bertrand and the neurotic Margaret Bertrand is a stock figure of slapstick fun and Margaret is far and away the most interesting because most disturbing character in the book She s a 30 something spinster and by means of a suicide attempt has emotionally blackmailed our hero Jim into thinking she s too fragile for him to suggest that actually they aren t involved at all they just drift around social functions together as mates do The book in the form of Jim s musings is uite explicit about looksism here if only she was the slightest bit attractive there might be something in it for Jim What a pity it was he thought that she wasn t better looking that she didn t read articles in the three halfpenny press that told you what lipstick went with what natural colouring With twenty per cent of what she lacked in these ways she d never have run into any of her appalling difficulties the vices and morbidities bred of loneliness would have remained safely dormant until old ageWell that s not what you expect from a beloved cosy comic novel Amis places this character at the centre of the novel next to Jim and he says well he was lucky in the end and she wasn t Yes bad luck that she didn t have the wherewithal to accentuate even the meagre resources granted her by her bad luck face and figure but you can t waste your life sticking around trying to make such hopeless cases feel better So just be grateful that you re not like her Life s for living Hey ho The fate of Margaret casts a retrospective coldness over the whole novel and the glaring nasty attempt by Amis to say in the end oh well she brought all her troubles down on her own head is unpleasant and a transparent attempt to blame the victim to allow the romcom couple to glow off into a cuddly future This book was discussed on a recent BBC Radio 4 programme A Good Read not to be confused with a certain website I recommend this programme to anyone who can listen via the BBC website The two women and one man didn t find any of this especially objectionable just mentioned that this novel is very much of its time and grooved on the verbal humour which I agree lies around in heaps The bit which did make me laugh was an anguished bus journey where Jim is in true romcom denouement style trying to make it to the train station in time before the gorgeous Christine legs it to London and all these wheezy old dears and farm vehicles slow the bus down to a crawl Far ahead an emaciated brown hand appeared from the lorry s cab and made a writhing beckoning movement The driver of the bus ignored this invitation in favour of drawing to a gradual halt by a bus stop outside a row of thatched cottages The foreshortened bulks of two old women dressed in black waited until the bus was uenched of all motion before clutching each other and edging with sidelong caution out of Dixon s view towards the platform the exact same scene pops up in the so very much funnier Trainspotting where Renton and his pals are on a bus on their way to score and again old farts keep getting on and off and Renton s thoughts you may imagine even lurid and violent than Jim Dixon s So if you want to make me laugh with your novel a scene where old people are getting slowly on and off a bus while the hero impotently gnaws the back of the seat in front will do the trick every timeThis was Kingsley s first novel and that s got to be impressive In 1954 he was the one to watch all right

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K of art that at once distills and extends an entire tradition of English comic writing from Fielding and Dickens through Wodehouse and Waugh As Christopher Hitchens has written “If you can picture Bertie or Jeeves being capable of actual malice and simultaneously imagine Evelyn Waugh forgetting about original sin you have the combination of innocence and experience that makes this short romp so imperishable” In this comic classic from 1954 anoh God I can t I can t muster the fucks for one book about a white guy who works at a university I can t I don t want any 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

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Regarded by many as the finest and funniest comic novel of the twentieth century Lucky Jim remains as trenchant withering and elouently misanthropic as when it first scandalized readers in 1954 This is the story of Jim Dixon a hapless lecturer in medieval history at a provincial university who knows better than most that “there was no end to the ways in which nice things are nicer than nasty ones” Kingsley Am 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 incomprehensibilityLucky Jim reminds me of The BeatlesFor years I ve heard that this novel is the funniest of the 20th century possibly of all time It s had a huge impact on some of my favorite writers and comedians It sets the standard for satires of class issues And I did like it I enjoyed it It was amusing And yet There s huge yawning Beatles shaped chasm between my expectations of enjoyment of Lucky Jim and my actual enjoyment of Lucky Jim And maybe it s just that I m too young too American to appreciate how radical Lucky Jim was when it was published Maybe like The Beatles you just had to be there in order to really grasp the full impact of the work


10 thoughts on “Lucky Jim

  1. 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 Lod

  2. 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

  3. says:

    This is a book packed with humor on every page The blurbs tell us it is “Regarded by many as the finest and funn

  4. says:

    Honesty is the best policy And it’s the reason for Lucky Jim’s LUCK He has a knack of endearing folks to himse

  5. 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 500000 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 centu

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    His mouth had been used as a latrine by some small creature of the night and then as its mausoleum 64Oh that in

  7. says:

    to celebrate labor day and fall and back to school here is a list of campus fiction stuff that i put togetherTwo facts that are not related but seem as though they ought to be1 Autumn is my favorite season2 I love both campus novels

  8. says:

    In this comic classic from 1954 anoh God I can't I can't muster the fucks for one book about a white guy who works at a university I can't I don't want any 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

  9. says:

    The party was a handsome piece of flatulent sobriety JR noted to himself Glitters fluttered all around bandy shanks of a

  10. 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 as a philosophical novel about the nature of love; in particular about the uestion 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

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