[Lucky Jim [BOOK] Free Reading online ePUB author Kingsley Amis


  • Paperback
  • 251
  • Lucky Jim
  • Kingsley Amis
  • English
  • 03 October 2018
  • 9780140278705

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Read ì Lucky Jim 108 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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Read ì Lucky Jim 108 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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Read ì Lucky Jim 108 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