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Lucky Jim Regarded by many as the finest, and funniest, comic novel of the twentieth century, Lucky Jim remains as trenchant, withering, and eloquently misanthropic as when it first scandalized readers inThis 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 Amis 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 work 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 [KINDLE] ✽ I Blame The Scapegoats By John O& – 9facts.co.uk and funniest ➠ [Epub] ➚ Beneath the Earth By John Boyne ➪ – 9facts.co.uk comic novel of the twentieth century ➶ [Read] ➲ Gagged By Richard Asplin ➾ – 9facts.co.uk Lucky Jim remains as trenchant ❴Download❵ ✤ Aristocrats Author Stella Tillyard – 9facts.co.uk withering ❰PDF / Epub❯ ★ A Dark and Twisted Tide (Lacey Flint, Author Sharon J. Bolton – 9facts.co.uk and eloquently misanthropic as when it first scandalized readers inThis is the story of Jim Dixon [KINDLE] ✽ Wild Horses (Saddle Club, Author Bonnie Bryant – 9facts.co.uk 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 Amis s scabrous debut leads the reader through a gallery of emphatically English bores ❰Reading❯ ➺ At Sixes And Sevens Author Rosie Harris – 9facts.co.uk cranks ✯ [BOOKS] ⚣ Save Rafe! (Middle School By James Patterson ✼ – 9facts.co.uk frauds ❰Download❯ ➻ The Hand That First Held Mine Author Maggie O& – 9facts.co.uk 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 [Reading] ➼ Ghost Light By Joseph O& – 9facts.co.uk Lucky Jim is an attack on the forces of boredom [Epub] ➚ LDN Graffiti By Joe Epstein – 9facts.co.uk whatever form they may take ➵ [Reading] ➷ Sworn to Silence By Brendan Boland ➪ – 9facts.co.uk and a work of art that at once distills and extends an entire tradition of English comic writing ☂ Frog Is Frog PDF / Epub ✐ Author Max Velthuijs – 9facts.co.uk from Fielding and Dickens through Wodehouse and Waugh As Christopher Hitchens has written ✅ Doctor Who PDF / Epub ⚣ Author David Bishop – 9facts.co.uk If you can picture Bertie or Jeeves being capable of actual malice [Reading] ➶ Secrets On Morgan Hill By Camille Kleidysz – 9facts.co.uk and simultaneously imagine Evelyn Waugh forgetting about original sin ❴Download❵ ✤ Emma (Emma Trilogy Author Rosie Clarke – 9facts.co.uk you have the combination of innocence and experience that makes this short romp so imperishable


About the Author: Kingsley Amis

Sir Kingsley William Amis, CBE was an English novelist, poet, critic, and teacher He wrotethan twenty novels, three collections of poetry, short stories, radio and television scripts, and books of social and literary criticism He fathered the English novelist Martin Amis.Kingsley Amis was born in Clapham, Wandsworth, County of London now South London , England, the son of William Robert Amis, a mustard manufacturer s clerk He began his education at the City of London School, and went up to St John s College, Oxford April 1941 to read English it was there that he met Philip Larkin, with whom he formed the most important friendship of his life After only a year, he was called up for Army service in July 1942 After serving as a lieutenant in the Royal Corps of Signals in the Second World War, Amis returned to Oxford in October 1945 to complete his degree Although he worked hard and got a first in English in 1947, he had by then decided to give much of his time to writing.Pen names Robert Markham William Tanner



10 thoughts on “Lucky Jim

  1. Glenn Russell Glenn Russell says:

    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 edu 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, feltthan 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 power.As 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 Pythonesque, 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 blunder.Dixon 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 heardthan 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 evenrage as he rebels against the whole stage production Very British very funny.Ah, 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 toof Welch s prattle He pretended to himself that he d pick up his professor round the waist, squeeze 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 Jim The 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 required 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 exquisite timing of Amis language and the string of outrageous quagmires Jim must face make for one comic novel.However, 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 progressivelyinfuriated 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 yourself.Kingsley 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


  2. Tamra Tamra says:

    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 incomprehensibility.Lucky Jim 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 incomprehensibility.Lucky Jim reminds me of The Beatles.For 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


  3. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    I laughed once page 243 and otherwise I barely smiled, but I could see exactly where I would have been roaring and splurting had I been one of the 500,000 people who think this novel is one of the all time hootiest of hoots Wiki Christopher Hitchens described it as the funniest book of the second half of the 20th century and Toby Young has judged it the best comic novel of the 20th century. So there There is no doubt that Kingsley Amis has a lovely deft deadly turn of phrase Here our I laughed once page 243 and otherwise I barely smiled, but I could see exactly where I would have been roaring and splurting had I been one of the 500,000 people who think this novel is one of the all time hootiest of hoots Wiki Christopher Hitchens described it as the funniest book of the second half of the 20th century and Toby Young has judged it the best comic novel of the 20th century. So there There is no doubt that Kingsley Amis has a lovely deft deadly turn of phrase Here our young medieval history lecturer is talking with his aggravating old fool of a professor An expression of unhappiness was beginning to settle on Welch s small eyed face Dixon was at first pleased to see this evidence that Welch s mind could still be reached from the outsideNow, as Dixon had been half expecting all along, Welch produced his handkerchief It was clear that he was about to blow his nose This was usually horrible, if only because it drew unwilling attention to Welch s nose itself, a large, open pored tetrahedron.Lucky Jim is a rom com, but comedy is always only the top level of what s going on in comedy, and just under the surface of Jim s vicious daydreams of stabbing the professor and vomiting on his dreadful son there is a very human, very sad and desperate picture of a guy who s found himself in a job he hates and in a vague, not quite romantic relationship with a woman he only very faintly likes but feels obligated to, and anyway, it s not like there are any other female candidates around His days are thus filled with a mixture of toadying, fawning, apologizing, being hedged in, hemmed in, feeling awkward, wrong footed, socially inferior, and desperate to pass his probationary year so he can look forward to a career composed oftoadying and fawning andlectures he dreads having to write His situation is grisly, and I think, quite common, then and now In a future decade he d be ingesting pharmaceuticals for sure, but all he has to alleviate this inverted Vesuvius of bubbling suppression is beer and cigarettes, this being the very late 1940s and so we get pages of extraordinarily detailed description of the pleasures and ravages of beer and fags The women of every decade up to the last one have had to accept smooching from men reeking of beer and smoking I guess people can get used to pretty much anything.A rom com has to have obstacles for the temporary thwarting of the young lovers, and these are often in the form of arrogant buffoons like Malvolio in Twelfth Night or Daniel Cleaver in Bridget Jones Diary or Pete in Shaun of the Dead Lucky Jim has two, the bearded painter Bertrand, and the neurotic Margaret Bertrand is a stock figure of slapstick fun, and Margaret is far and away the most interesting , because most disturbing, character in the book She s a 30 something spinster and by means of a suicide attempt has emotionally blackmailed our hero Jim into thinking she s too fragile for him to suggest that actually, they aren t involved at all, they just drift around social functions together as mates do The book, in the form of Jim s musings, is quite explicit about looksism here if only she was the slightest bit attractive, there might be something in it for Jim What a pity it was, he thought, that she wasn t better looking, that she didn t read articles in the three halfpenny press that told you what lipstick went with what natural colouring With twenty per centof what she lacked in these ways, she d never have run into any of her appalling difficulties the vices and morbidities bred of loneliness would have remained safely dormant until old age.Well, that s not what you expect from a beloved cosy comic novel Amis places this character at the centre of the novel, next to Jim, and he says well he was lucky, in the end, and she wasn t Yes, bad luck that she didn t have the wherewithal to accentuate even the meagre resources granted her by her bad luck face and figure, but you can t waste your life sticking around trying to make such hopeless cases feel better So just be grateful that you re not like her Life s for living Hey ho The fate of Margaret casts a retrospective coldness over the whole novel, and the glaring nasty attempt by Amis to say, in the end, oh well, she brought all her troubles down on her own head is unpleasant and a transparent attempt to blame the victim to allow the romcom couple to glow off into a cuddly future This book was discussed on a recent BBC Radio 4 programme A Good Read not to be confused with a certain website I recommend this programme to anyone who can listen via the BBC website The two women and one man didn t find any of this especially objectionable, just mentioned that this novel is very much of its time and grooved on the verbal humour, which, I agree, lies around in heaps The bit which did make me laugh was an anguished bus journey where Jim is in true romcom denouement style trying to make it to the train station in time before the gorgeous Christine legs it to London, and all these wheezy old dears and farm vehicles slow the bus down to a crawlFar ahead an emaciated brown hand appeared from the lorry s cab and made a writhing, beckoning movement The driver of the bus ignored this invitation in favour of drawing to a gradual halt by a bus stop outside a row of thatched cottages The foreshortened bulks of two old women dressed in black waited until the bus was quenched of all motion before clutching each other and edging with sidelong caution out of Dixon s view towards the platformthe exact same scene pops up in the so very much funnier Trainspotting where Renton and his pals are on a bus on their way to score and again old farts keep getting on and off and Renton s thoughts, you may imagine, evenlurid and violent than Jim Dixon s So if you want to make me laugh with your novel, a scene where old people are getting slowly on and off a bus while the hero impotently gnaws the back of the seat in front will do the trick every time.This was Kingsley s first novel and that s got to be impressive In 1954 he was the one to watch all right


  4. Fergus Fergus says:

    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 shortcuts In 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 twiceshy I got my degree by the skin of my teeth in the end because I too took shortcuts.I guess it was primarily because of t 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 shortcuts In 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 twiceshy I got my degree by the skin of my teeth in the end because I too took shortcuts.I guess it was primarily because of two extracurricular novels I read that Sopho year Waugh s Decline and Fall, and this one.Waugh 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 survived.I 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 little.Funny, isn t it, how kids take novelists as their main mentors no matter how dire the consequences 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 Wormies At 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 myself But 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 THERE And you can bet the Big Cheeses let me know that Stress city So 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 GOOD.Nocoasting Good AT it and a GOOD PERSON at heart.Yes, this is a funny novel, and Amis best.But 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 it.I learned the HARD way


  5. Fabian Fabian says:

    His mouth had been used as a latrine by some small creature of the night, and then as its mausoleum 64 Oh, that inconceivable wit I love English literature generally for its whimsy elegance combined f Lucky 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 c His mouth had been used as a latrine by some small creature of the night, and then as its mausoleum 64 Oh, that inconceivable wit I love English literature generally for its whimsy elegance combined f Lucky 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 i.e student versus teacher other such vapid rivalries in 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 misadventure Novels 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


  6. Alex Alex says:

    In this comic classic from 1954, anoh God, I can t I can t muster the fucks for onebook 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.


  7. karen karen says:

    to celebrate labor day and fall and back to school, here is a list of campus fiction stuff that i put together Two facts that are not related, but seem as though they ought to be 1 Autumn is my favorite season2 I love both campus novels and campus thrillersWhat s not to love brisk weather, fresh notebooks, hungry, impressionable minds, maybe a murder or two So, to celebrate the return of fall and all its academic possibilities, here is a back to school reading list for you 52 adult fictio to celebrate labor day and fall and back to school, here is a list of campus fiction stuff that i put together Two facts that are not related, but seem as though they ought to be 1 Autumn is my favorite season2 I love both campus novels and campus thrillersWhat s not to love brisk weather, fresh notebooks, hungry, impressionable minds, maybe a murder or two So, to celebrate the return of fall and all its academic possibilities, here is a back to school reading list for you 52 adult fiction titles winnowed down through the same process of blood, sweat, tears, alcohol and research as defined my own years of academic rigor.It s a something for everyone bridge mix list of classic and contemporary titles in a variety of treatments traditional campus novels having a laugh at pompous academics, nostalgic coming of age school days, comedies about the hopeless bureaucratic tangle of academia and politics, plus some murder and light cannibalism.Whether you are going off to school yourself or are the proud parents of students, whether you remember your long past school days with nostalgia or relief, there are bound to be a few books here with something to teach you, and you don t even have to get out of your pajamas for this class.http www.rifflebooks.com list 24096


  8. Jr Bacdayan Jr Bacdayan says:

    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 muchthan he thought As if on cue, the ban 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 muchthan 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 Bertrand.He 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 smile.JR 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 question 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 queer 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 soliloquy 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 Urquhart 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 Urquhart He was growing large beads of sweat on his gigantic amphibious nose I see you are quite 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 Urquhart 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 Urquhart said It was a joke, nothingJR felt a bit thankful towards this distraction A quick 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 inquired 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 Carol.It 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 quite 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 quite 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


  9. Manny Manny says:

    This book is invariably described as a comedy Well, there s no doubt that it s often very funny, but to me it readas a philosophical novel about the nature of love in particular, about the question of whether it is better, in romantic matters, to behave selfishly or unselfishly As you will see in my review of Atlas Shrugged, this is a subject I find very interesting Kingsley Amis s position is in some ways not that far from Ayn Rand s, but it s farnuanced In particular, Amis is This book is invariably described as a comedy Well, there s no doubt that it s often very funny, but to me it readas a philosophical novel about the nature of love in particular, about the question of whether it is better, in romantic matters, to behave selfishly or unselfishly As you will see in my review of Atlas Shrugged, this is a subject I find very interesting Kingsley Amis s position is in some ways not that far from Ayn Rand s, but it s farnuanced In particular, Amis is clear that he thinks selfishness is only a virtue in romantic contexts, not in general I liked the following passage Jim, as usual not quite sober, has been asked by Christine, the girl of his dreams, if she should marry a man whom Dixon loathes Are you in love with him I don t much care for that word, she said, as if rebuking a foul mouthed tradesman Why not Because I don t know what it means He gave a quiet yell Oh, don t say that no, don t say that It s a word you must often have come across in conversation and literature Are you going to tell me it sends you flying to the dictionary every time Of course you re not I suppose you mean it s purely personal sorry, got to get the jargon right purely subjective Well it is, isn t it Yes, that s right You talk as though it s the only thing that is If you can tell me whether you like greengages or not, you can tell me whether you love Bertrand or not, if you want to tell me, that is You re still making it much too simple All I can really say is that I m pretty sure I was in love with Bertrand a little while ago, and now I m rather less sure That up and down business doesn t happen with greengages that s the difference Not with greengages, agreed But what about rhubarb, eh What about rhubarb Ever since my mother stopped forcing me to eat it, rhubarb and I have been conducting a relationship that can swing between love and hatred every time we meet That s all very well, Jim The trouble with love is that it gets you in such a state you can t look at your own feelings dispassionately That would be a good thing if you could do it, then Why, of course He gave another quiet yell, this time some distance above middle C You ve got a long way to go, if you don t mind me saying so, even though you are nice By all means view your own feelings dispassionately, if you feel you ought to, but that s nothing to do with deciding whether Christ you re in love Deciding that s no different from the greengages business What is difficult, and this time you really do need this dispassionate rubbish, is deciding what to do about being in love if you are, whether you can stick the person you love enough to marry them, and so on Why, that s exactly what I ve been saying, in different words Words change the thing, and anyway the whole procedure s different People get themselves all steamed up about whether they re in love or not, and can t work it out, and their decisions go all to pot It s happening every day They ought to realise that the love part s perfectly easy the hard part is the working out, not about love, but about what they re going to do The difference is that they can get their brains going on that, instead of taking the sound of the word love as a signal for switching them off They can get somewhere, instead of indulging in a sort of orgy of self catechising about how you know you re in love, and what love is anyway, and all the rest of it You don t ask yourself what greengages are, or how you know whether you like them or not, do you Right


  10. Bfisher Bfisher says:

    This book is remarkable for the amount of physical humour I sometimes felt that I was watching a Charlie Chaplin or Harold Lloyd film There are many descriptions of making and imagining making peculiar facial expressions, generally accompanied by suppressed rage tried to flail his features into some sort of response to humour Mentally, however, he was making a different face and promising himself he d make it actually when next alone He d draw his lower lip in under his top teeth and This book is remarkable for the amount of physical humour I sometimes felt that I was watching a Charlie Chaplin or Harold Lloyd film There are many descriptions of making and imagining making peculiar facial expressions, generally accompanied by suppressed rage tried to flail his features into some sort of response to humour Mentally, however, he was making a different face and promising himself he d make it actually when next alone He d draw his lower lip in under his top teeth and by degrees retract his chin as far as possible, all this while dilating his eyes and nostrils By these means he would, he was confident, cause a deep dangerous flush to suffuse his face This is paralleled by the making of odd noises he threw back his head, filled his lungs, and let loose a loud and prolonged bray of rage There is a wonderful description of falling asleep drunk.Amis particularly mocks the provincial academic aspiration to high culture, exemplified in Dixon s supervisor, Professor Welch Now a recorder, you know, isn t like a flute, though it s the flute s immediate ancestor, of course To begin with, it s played, that s the recorder, what they callbecDixon s responses when dragooned into cultural weekends at Welch s home, or forced to give an public lecture on Merrie England, are shambolic.One of the finest things about this novel is the ending Amis paints Dixon into a corner where, dismissed from his job as history lecturer after a series of disastrous actions, he is rescued by the rich uncle of his girlfriend to be It is a common thing in literature for a deserving poor hero to be redeemed from his distressing circumstances by the wealthy relative of a fair damsel the hero has rescued that is the core Horatio Alger plot Dixon is one of Alfred Doolittle s Undeserving Poor, which of course is why he is Lucky Jim


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