Lucky Jim

Lucky Jim

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Jim Dixon has a lousy job at a second-rate university. His life is full of things he could do without: a tedious and ridiculous professor, a neurotic semi-detached girlfriend, burnt sheets, medieval recorder music and over-enthusiastic students. The solution seems to be fairly straightforward: pull faces behind people's backs, copy others' work and make sure the pretty girls choose his course. But without luck, life is never simple...
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  • Audio cassette | 2 pages
  • 107 x 140 x 17mm | 127g
  • Penguin Audiobooks
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • 0141802723
  • 9780141802725

About Kingsley Amis

Kingsley Amis (1922-1995) was born in London and educated at City of London School and St John's College, Oxford. At one time he was a university lecturer, and a jazz enthusiast. After the publication of Lucky Jim, now a modern classic, he wrote over twenty novels, including the Booker Prize-winning The Old Devils (1986). He also wrote ephemerally on politics, education, language, films and restaurants. Amis received a knighthood in 1990.
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Review Text

Back in the Fifties Kingsley Amis was a new voice for a new breed of young people who were able to enjoy university education. It was a kick in the seat for stuffy academic societies whose interests revolved around dull choral recitals, boring lectures and the tedious one-upmanship surrounding college life. Amis's Jim Dixon was one of that new generation. His bumbling activities a new college lecturer have a naive charm. Those who have will remember the hilarious moment when Jim accidentally sets fire to his sheets and instead of coming clean gets himself into even deeper water trying to disguise the event. Modernists will insist this is not a politically correct work: Jim's attitude to women is appalling and his colleagues are even more chauvinistic. Even so, ultimately, the women here are the ones who pull the strings. Jim just waits until his luck runs out...He is also underneath it all, just another frightened and angry young man, trying to get to grips with events which are spiralling out of control. There is a lot of lively dialogue and this is a challenging work for a man to read, as a great deal of it is female led. Jack Davenport, however, provides his own clear and effective diction. A classic read, Amis's novel paved the way for a budding generation of post war graduates who insisted on being heard. (Kirkus UK)
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