I’ve bought and given away more copies of this very funny novel than I can count. Lucky Jim was Kingsley Amis’s first book, and what a debut! This post WWII novel concerns the travails of Jim Dixon, a mediocre academic desperately trying to hang on at a mediocre English university. Why he wants to be there is unclear. He is reliably his own worst enemy and turns all opportunities into disasters. He can’t navigate the murky academic waters, and yet he persists in trying. Along the way, Jim mixes it up with all manner of ridiculous academic caricatures. If you have spent any time at all on an academic campus, this book rings absolutely true. Very funny, but very true.
It is summer. You deserve a fun read. Try this!