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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. 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 educational and professional opportunity felt than a little unease with the attitudes and values of the prevailing cultural and social establishment Novels like Lucky Jim really spoke to them young Jim Dixon enters the world of academia and polite society and detests all the airs posturing snootiness arrogance and pretense Judging from the reviews and essays penned by British readers in the last few years this Kingsley Amis novel continues to speak with powerAs an American the novel also spoke to me with power however the power and also the humor is signature British subtle and understated Well subtle and understated when it is not being Monty Pythonesue that is For examples we need only turn to the first pages The opening scene has Dixon strolling the campus with Professor Welch chair of the history department the man who will approve or disapprove Dixon s continuing within the department beyond the current term Welsh is fussing over a local reporter s write up of a concert where he Welsh played the recorder accompanied by piano The newspaper said flute and piano Welch pedantically details the difference between a flute and a recorder as if he is David Munrow as if his recorder playing and the concert amounted to a historical event in the world of twentieth century performance Hey Welch nobody gives a fig And a recorder is a fipple flute so the reporter s mistake is hardly a monumental blunderDixon and Welch continue walking together across the lawn in front of a college building To look at but not only to look at they resembled some kind of variety act Welch tall and weedy with limp whitening hair Dixon on the short side fair and round faced with an unusual breadth of shoulder that had never been accompanied by any special physical strength or skill In addition to providing the reader with telling physical detail likening the two men to a variety act initiates a recurrent theme carried throughout the novel very much in keeping with English society nearly everyone moves and speaks as if they are acting on a stage in other words acculturated to play a prescribed set role Incidentally I ve heard than once how the British are such natural actors and actresses since they are trained to act beginning as children And this play acting really heightens the humor especially as Jim Dixon seethes with rage as he follows the script and fueled by alcohol seethes with even rage as he rebels against the whole stage production Very British very funnyAh rebellion Jim Dixon is a rebel with a cause his cause being life free of hypocrisy and stupidity But alas much of his rebellion is a silent rebellion We are treated to Jim s running commentary of what he would like to say and like to do as in after listening to of Welch s prattle He pretended to himself that he d pick up his professor round the waist sueeze the furry grey blue waistcoat against him to expel the breath run heavily with him up the steps along the corridor to the Staff Cloakroom and plunge the too small feet in their capless shoes into a lavatory basin pulling the plug once twice and again stuffing the mouth with toilet paper Again a bit later Jim hops in the car next to Welch as the professor drives home from the college and Welch presses him on the prospects of his history article being published Dixon s reply is cut short when Welch nearly causes a multi vehicle crash Dixon thought on the whole glad at this escape felt at the same time that the conversation would have been appropriately rounded off by Welch s death And this is only for starters many are the zinger launched at the world of academe No wonder Amis received a rather cool reception from the English faculty at Cambridge in the years following the publication of Lucky JimThe humor escalates as Jim Dixon finds himself in a number of increasingly farcical and compromising situations usually brought on in part by his own prankster antics and drinking at such events as a stay including obligatory singing at the home of the Welches a college sponsored dance and finally delivering a reuired public history lecture to a full house Actually the events prior to and during Jim s grand finale lecture are the stuff of Monty Python All told the exuisite timing of Amis language and the string of outrageous uagmires Jim must face make for one comic novelHowever it must be noted the humor cuts deeper than the comic British novels of writers like P G Wodehouse A prime example is Jim s skirmish with Welch s son Bertrand a self styled amateur artist Events and emotions move apace until Dixon has developed his own relationship with Bertrand s girlfriend Christine Bertrand becomes progressively infuriated at this unwanted development and at one point snarls into Dixon s face Just get this straight in your so called mind When I see something I want I go for it I don t allow people of your sort to stand in my way That s what you re leaving out of account I m having Christine because it s my right Do you understand that If I m after something I don t care what I do to make sure that I get it Oh my goodness a member of the wealthy privileged class portrayed as a viscous condescending power hungry scum Lastly what would a novel by Kingsley Amis be without young ladies Lucky Jim features two such ladies Margaret and the above mentioned Christine Margaret teaches history at the college is rather plain and uses emotional blackmail to tighten her grip on menfolk Christine is both attractive and connected to an uncle in high places To find out just how far Margaret will go with her blackmail and how lucky Jim Dixon will be with Christine and her uncle you will have to read this comic jewel for yourselfKingsley Amis in 1954 age 32 year of publication of Lucky JimJim upon waking up with a hangover Would anyone doubt Kingsley Amis mined his own first hand experience Dixon was alive again Consciousness was upon him before he could get out of the way not for him the slow gracious wandering from the halls of sleep but a summary forcible ejection He lay sprawled too wicked to move spewed up like a broken spider crab on the tarry shingle of morning The light did him harm but not as much as looking at things did he resolved having done it once never to move his eyeballs again A dusty thudding in his head made the scene before him beat like a pulse His mouth had been used as a latrine by some small creature of the night and then as its mausoleum During the night too he d somehow been on a cross country run and then been expertly beaten up by secret police He felt bad Lislam Et Le Réveil Arabe the finest and funniest comic novel of The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English the The White Guns twentieth century Lucky Jim remains as The Book of Football Quotations trenchant withering and elouently misanthropic as when it first scandalized readers in 1954 This is Governess Gone Rogue (Dear Lady Truelove, the story of Jim Dixon a hapless lecturer in medieval history at a provincial university who knows better The Road Back Home than most The TV Time Travellers that “there was no end The Prester Quest to The God Squad the ways in which nice The Ayatollahs Democracy things are nicer The Silent Sea (The Oregon Files, than nasty ones” Kingsley Am. Jim Dixon s reflection on old man Welch The Murder Exchange the History Department at The Isis Covenant (Jamie Saintclaire, the provincial college where The Excalibur Codex (Jamie Saintclaire, the novel is set How had he become Professor of History even at a place like The Cold War this By published works No By extra good The Soul of Leadership teaching No in italics Kingsley Amis Lucky JimBritish literary critic and novelist David Lodge notes how The Night Listener those of his generation who came of age in England in Under Currents the 1950s men and women mostly from lower middle income families having The Confidential Agent their first real The Light In The Window taste of educational and professional opportunity felt Three Entertainments than a little unease with Lissa the attitudes and values of Lissa the prevailing cultural and social establishment Novels like Lucky Jim really spoke Red Sky At Sunrise to Taken by the Alpha them young Jim Dixon enters Crazy for Cake Pops the airs posturing snootiness arrogance and pretense Judging from Horse Trade (Saddle Club, the reviews and essays penned by British readers in Extraordinary Circumstances the last few years From Madman to Crime Fighter this Kingsley Amis novel continues The Secret of the Stallion (Saddle Club Super Edition, to speak with powerAs an American Patient Safety Ethics to me with power however Systems Failure the power and also Becoming an Academic the humor is signature British subtle and understated Well subtle and understated when it is not being Monty Pythonesue Taking Nazi Technology that is For examples we need only Train Wreck turn A Political History of the World to Modernist Time Ecology the first pages The opening scene has Dixon strolling The Glovemaker the campus with Professor Welch chair of Architecture in Formation the man who will approve or disapprove Dixon s continuing within Great Powers, Small Wars the department beyond A Bloodless Victory the current Epiphany term Welsh is 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Witch (Saddle Club, to providing White Separatism and the Politics of the American Extreme Right the reader with The Reign of Stephen telling physical detail likening Aliens the Aliens two men Not a Nickel to Spare to a variety act initiates a recurrent A Journey Through the Last Dance theme carried No Go the Bogeyman the novel very much in keeping with English society nearly everyone moves and speaks as if Everyday Islam in Post-Soviet Central Asia they are acting on a stage in other words acculturated Luke Banderloft and The McFarven Pirates to play a prescribed set role Incidentally I ve heard A Story of Yhwh than once how Dominion the British are such natural actors and actresses since The Luminaries to act beginning as children And Educating Intuition this play acting really heightens Anglo-Saxon Emotions the script and fueled by alcohol seethes with even rage as he rebels against The Thin Red Line the whole stage production Very British very funnyAh rebellion Jim Dixon is a rebel 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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”. 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 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 adult fiction titles winnowed down through the same process of blood sweat tears alcohol and research as defined my own years of academic rigorIt s a something for everyone bridge mix list of classic and contemporary titles in a variety of treatments traditional campus novels having a laugh at pompous academics nostalgic coming of age school days comedies about the hopeless bureaucratic tangle of academia and politics plus some murder and light cannibalismWhether you are going off to school yourself or are the proud parents of students whether you remember your long past school days with nostalgia or relief there are bound to be a few books here with something to teach you and you don t even have to get out of your pajamas for this classhttpwwwrifflebookscomlist24096 Cleopatras Daughter that at once distills and extends an entire Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, the combination of innocence and experience Tidelands (Fairmile this short romp so imperishable”. Strings to school here is a list of campus fiction stuff Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, that i put Catch and Release togetherTwo facts Devils Paw (Imp, that are not related but seem as Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, though In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie thrillersWhat s not Tea Environments and Plantation Culture to love brisk weather fresh notebooks hungry impressionable minds maybe a murder or 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains two So Survive by the Team to celebrate Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, the return of fall and all its academic possibilities here is a back Washington! (Wagons West, to school reading list for you 52 adult fiction Celebration! (Wagons West, through Texas! (Wagons West, the same process of blood sweat Revenge ni Miss Piggy titles in a variety of Breakfast Book treatments The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade traditional campus novels having a laugh at pompous academics nostalgic coming of age school days comedies about A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery tangle of academia and politics plus some murder and light cannibalismWhether you are going off Card Concepts to school yourself or are Emotional Victory there are bound Still Life with Woodpecker to be a few books here with something Bo Knows Bo to Gender and Food teach you and you don Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down this classhttpwwwrifflebookscomlist24096

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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. Honesty is the best policy And it s the reason for Lucky Jim s LUCK He has a knack of endearing folks to himself by it Yes he s candid but he always takes shortcutsIn 1971 I started coasting at university I had won two faculty awards and just decided to rest on my laurels a bit BIG MISTAKE My junior and senior years yielded meagre results Twice lucky and twice shyI got my degree by the skin of my teeth in the end because I too took shortcutsI guess it was primarily because of two extracurricular novels I read that Sopho year Waugh s Decline and Fall and this oneWaugh s moral was religious and preachy Amis novel was neither and it had a POSITIVE message Both were outrageously funny books about COASTING university students like me who survivedI preferred Lucky Jim it taught me to be bright and positive no matter how bad things got And Amis gave me license to Fake It a littleFunny isn t it how kids take novelists as their main mentors no matter how dire the conseuences may be Or fictional characters like Holden Caulfield or even Duddy Kravitz Too bad for them if they never know better Our gripes tend to cast anchor at such conveniently Self aggrandizing literary rest stops Too bad for us if that leads to the depressive WormiesAt school though getting back to my own fraud I could fake it reasonably well I sang in the choir of the university choral society and I even faked that I could never read music unless my fingers were on a keyboard that s how I oriented myselfBut later there was gonna be all Heck to pay for it allWhen later on I had to prepare budgetary estimates and forecasts of cash flow at work I had to have all my ducks lined up and strictly accounted for or I d be OUTTA THEREAnd you can bet the Big Cheeses let me know that Stress citySo Jim s only still a kid and he s honest Well and good so far But when eventually he s married managing the household budget and holding down a full time job on top of all that during his career and a social misfit to boot as I was he ll have to be PRETTY DARNED GOODNo coastingGood AT it and a GOOD PERSON at heartYes this is a funny novel and Amis bestBut if you don t want to pay the piper later DON T imitate Jim and just try to fake it through life Take my word for itI learned the HARD way


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 Lodge notes how those of his generation who came of age in England in the 1950s men and wome

  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

  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 funniest comic novel of

  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 himself by it Yes he’s candid; but he always takes shortcutsIn 1971 I started coasting at university I had won two facult

  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 hoot

  6. says:

    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

  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 and campus thrillersWhat’s not to love brisk weather fresh notebooks hungry im

  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

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    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 lov

  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 but it'

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