I should be so lucky…lucky, lucky, lucky

28 04 2006

Book front cover

Title:
Lucky Jim (Essential.penguin)
Author:
Kingsley Amis
ISBN:
0140278702
Rating:
3 out of 5 stars

One of Amis Senior’s most popular and well–know works which for some reason I’d never got round to (and studiously avoided the recent TV adaptation to prevent spoiling the read). I did find it rather enjoyable – can’t go wrong with a campus novel though in my view. It is a bit dated but actually the sexual mores of the time are one of the more entertaining aspects of the comedy.

There are some lovely characters in here – Professor Welch is horrobly recognisable (fortunately rarer though these days), Bertrand the “artist” is very well done and Michie, the over–enthusiastic student, is entirely credible.

There are also some hilarious scenes including drunken ineptitude (and burning of sheets) in a guest bedroom, a chase via a slow bus and the best one a public lecture by the extremely inebriated hero, Dixon.

So, a nice, easy and entertaining read which is not consistently brilliant but well worth it for the highlight scenes and the description of academia not that long ago.

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