Lucky Jim

Lucky Jim

Book - 2012
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First published in 1954, this book is a hilarious satire of British university life. It is a young man's book, in fact a book of two young men. They are not exactly angry young men, but they are extremely irritable. College friends with similar backgrounds, they graduated from both Oxford University and World War II to find themselves in an England in terminal decline. It has lost overseas possessions that had once been its pride, and the people in charge are snobs and incompetents. Worst of all, no one seems to appreciate the young men's genius: neither the women they meet nor the publishers to whom they send their works. "Lucky Jim" Dixon has accidentally fallen into a job at one of the new red brick universities. A moderately successful future in the History Department beckons as long as Jim can keep in with eccentric Professor Welch, survive a madrigal-singing weekend, deliver a lecture on 'Merrie England' and resist Christine, the hopelessly desirable girlfriend of Welch's awful son, Bertrand. Here the reader is lead through a gallery of English bores, cranks, frauds, and neurotics with whom Jim must contend in order to hold on to his cushy academic perch and win the girl of his fancy.
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, [2012], c1953
ISBN: 9781590175750
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: xx, 264 p. ; 21 cm


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Jan 20, 2015

I laughed out loud with this one.

patienceandfortitude May 06, 2014

I know a couple people who think this is the funniest book ever. I found it amusing and charming and well-written, but not hilarious. It's worth a read.

Oct 07, 2013

I just love this book. It is so absurd, so ridiculous, and so funny, yet most adults can see similar situations in their lives.

Oct 15, 2012

The ultimate situation comedy. Jim Dixon is my new hero.

Jan 27, 2010

This is an excellent read. Reminds me of David Lodge or Stephen Fry.


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Aug 13, 2008

Dixon fell silent again, reflecting, not for the first time, that he knew absolutely nothing whatsoever about other people or their lives.


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