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  • Paperback
  • 251
  • Lucky Jim
  • Kingsley Amis
  • English
  • 15 August 2019
  • 9780140186307

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READ ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Kingsley Amis Kingsley Amis ↠ 6 SUMMARY REVIEW 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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READ ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Kingsley Amis Kingsley Amis ↠ 6 SUMMARY REVIEW 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. 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

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READ ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Kingsley Amis Kingsley Amis ↠ 6 SUMMARY REVIEW 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