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Review ✓ Lucky Jim 109 Read ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub É Kingsley Amis Summary Lucky Jim 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

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Review ✓ Lucky Jim 109 Read ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub É Kingsley Amis Summary Lucky Jim 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. His mouth had been used as a latrine by some small creature of the night and then as its mausoleum 64Oh that inconceivable wit I love English literature generally for its whimsy elegance combined fLucky Jim happens to charm the pants off readers It is Brideshead Revisited lite K Amis being an obvious disciple of E 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 did especially to all the departmental drama ie student versus teacher other such vapid rivalriesin the perilous voyage to MFA whose truest intentions are good like any modern man s rather selfish in spite of his constant tumbles and missteps in this engrossing comedy subtitled a rollicking misadventureNovels about the life academic like the best of them in fact Rules of Attraction The Secret History The Marriage Plot Joe College my personal fave The Art of Fielding are rare and to be dearly treasured This one totally ranks highly among those aforementioned

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Review ✓ Lucky Jim 109 Read ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub É Kingsley Amis Summary Lucky Jim 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”. 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 than he thought As if on cue the band started playing a pop song he despised Unlucky sonofabitch he cursed under his breath Then he saw them the wretched little group he had come here for The group consisted of Dixon a louse Bertrand an asshole Christine an angel Carol whatever Margaret whatever and Gore Something a damn hard name to remember He started towards them when whack a tray full of champagne engulfed him Maconochie serving as waiter had somehow collided with him Fortunately he was mostly splashed in the face and not in his suit Cursing Maconochie who was full of apologies he divined it a waste of time to skin the bastard so he moved on Handkerchief in face he approached the group Damn shame those wasted champagne it would ve been nice to have a lick at them mused BertrandHe wanted to gouge the man s eyes the nerve of him to feel sorry for the champagne he thought but instead he said smiling You can have a lick at my face if you want You might get a drop or two out of me some sweat s sure to come along with it though Oh thank you very much but I d have to decline your tempting offer Bertrand said this with a little smileJR whiffed a faint scent of a sexual advance in the overall effect of the remark and the smile Was this Bertrand character flirting with him he laughed So what do you guys think of the new novel he started Nobody minded his uestion He had to find a better opening Of course they wouldn t simply bite He would have to work for it He moved to a spot beside Gore Something and said We ve met a few days before remember Gore Something replied Ahh yes I remember you what was the name again sorry J R JR Bacdayan So the letters J and R are both spelled individually without making use of their sound Hmm a curious name A curious name indeed I would have thought that a name with two letters would be easy to say like Jo or Ty Easy to pronounce no But to have to spell two letters ahh such hard work Shall I call you Jay for convenience sake if you don t mind Gore Something said this with a bemused tone JR was a bit indifferent towards Gore Something at first he was a cheeky fellow but he didn t look ueer which was good though his name did suggest imbecility But all this indifference towards Gore Something developed into supreme hatred when the latter gave his little solilouy about JR s name The indolent fool he thought to himself he doesn t have the gall to pronounce my name does he Well I won t have it I ll make the limy bastard pay I ll make him spell the entire bloody alphabet JR said in a loud booming voice Yes I do mind sir I d like to be called my name I don t like this lazy business about you sir Gore Something looked wounded I was merely suggesting old boy You needn t have to call me lazy It was all for efficiency s sake see All for efficiency Do you not see the irony my good sir JR beamed You make everyone call you Mr Gore Uruhart Thank God he recalled the ridiculous name A damn hard name to remember much less say sir And yet you can t pronounce a name as simple as JR He ended this by giving a little smile he hoped to dear God it wasn t interpreted as a sexual advance Ha ha laughed Gore Uruhart He was growing large beads of sweat on his gigantic amphibious nose I see you are uite the funny man Mr JR A good joke A good joke indeed JR got a bit confused he wasn t joking At the very least he was partially glad that he didn t offend Gore Uruhart even if it was just what he intended to do He would need the large nosed bastard later on Why so serious darling chimed Margaret Oh I wasn t it s as Mr Gore Uruhart said It was a joke nothing JR felt a bit thankful towards this distraction A uick reconnaissance of Margaret suggested she was very drunk and very unrestrained Not a very good combination considered JR He would have to stay away from this trap not that it was very hard The poor woman wore mismatched colors and looked like the wretched offspring of a rainbow and a flamingo He even noticed a bit of lipstick on one of her incisors He flashed her a winning smile Now this was unmistakably a sexual advance he thought Mr JR what do you do exactly inuired Carol rather out of the blue He felt a wave of nausea hit him Why did this woman want to know She s one of them smart alecks I bet Anyway anyone named Carol must love Christmas and people who love Christmas are the worst God he could picture her sitting under a Christmas tree singing a bloody carol He shuddered with the thought I write book reviews Madame he said with a detectable trace of apprehension in his voice Oh so you like books don t you Carol said this with a surging confidence as if such an original statement was never uttered before Oh I abhor them I d rather read filthy magazines affable contempt pouring out of his voice now I see replied CarolIt took all he had not to break her neck No she didn t see not even close He gave her a slight nod Christine started laughing My my Mr JR you shouldn t play with Carol like that she said smiling She s had a bit to drink so you musn t take this obtuseness against her I wouldn t dream of it he smiled back He felt himself staring at her His affection for this woman was genuine She was perhaps the most beautiful creature he d ever laid eyes on Luscious blonde hair penetrating blue eyes thick lips perfect nose and high cheekbones on a perfectly symmetrical head and curvy body he felt himself considering the word love This was confirmed by his sweat glands for he was now sweating rather profusely in the armpit area He tried to maneuver a fake head tilt to disguise his attempt to smell it His attempt failed though he could see Christine trying hard to suppress a laugh She moved beside him and whispered I m sure it doesn t smell that bad let me have a whiff He felt his heart stop He couldn t move His body had failed him Dd dod don t not He stuttered She slid a finger on his left armpit rubbed it on her wrist and smelled it like she was smelling perfume He was horrified I could get used to this smell she smiled at him He recognized something in her look This was his chance he was going to roll the dice He wished for luck He slid closer to Christine and kissed her She didn t push him away Oyy what do you think you re doing to my girl shouted Dixon I m not your girl Jim I m my own girl I ll kiss whoever I damn please Christine looked uite flushed but the anger in her voice was discernible I ll have a go at you you wanker cried Dixon He jumped towards JR and tried to land a punch but he was uite drunk and had double vision He ended up fisting the air JR took the opportunity and shouted at Dixon What do you think about the novel Jim Dixon cried What Are you trying to be funny with your novel mate It s your novel JR laughed at him Trying to be funny are we chap I m bloody livid I ll wreck you and your nan and all this funny business Dixon moved towards him JR took a swing and hit him perfectly at the bridge of his nose Dixon fell moaning and didn t get up The group was looking at them too drunk to care They were smiling Bertrand even shouted well done fellow Somehow the party went on like nothing of the fighting sort had happened People were still dancing and cavorting like toads on a pond What an age JR thought Tired of all this atrocity and fallaciousness he finally took his leave Christine with him and headed for the exit Walking towards the door Christine around his arm he whispered to her it s my turn to be lucky She kissed him on the cheek and they disappeared into the night

  • Paperback
  • 251
  • Lucky Jim
  • Kingsley Amis
  • English
  • 25 January 2019
  • 9780140186307