Kingsley amis lucky jim summary
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis l Summary & Study Guide by BookRagsLucky Jim written by Kingsley Amis is not listed here. However, I read an edition, with an introduction by David Lodge, published by Penguin in 1995. It is marvelously, achingly funny. Discussing something that happened in the story, David Lodge comments that, ...this discovery works in narrative terms only because it occurs in a comic novel, because we want to believe in it.... Sound academic that he is, I am sure he is right; but the thing is I felt very drawn into what was going on all along, felt part of it all and this heightened the enjoyment of reading it. I make a comparison with Evelyn Waughs humerous books, where I think the reader is very much an onlooker. That said, I would not want to rate Amis against Waugh, both classic five-star authors.
Lucky Jim Summary & Study Guide
Meet Jim Dixon, a young man struggling to keep his job in a s English university. Poor Jim has to do everything he can to stay on the good side of his boss Professor Welch, a bumbling old man who invites Jim to his house for a weekend of music and art that Jim finds incredibly boring. Jim, though, can't refuse. His new university job is already in serious trouble and he can't risk alienating the boss any further. Living with the Welches is a young woman named Margaret Peel, whom Jim is sort of dating because he's afraid that she might commit suicide if he breaks up with her.
Lucky Jim Summary
Jim Dixon, a junior lecturer in history at a provincial English university in the years after World War II , nears the end of his first year at the school. Dixon has not made a good impression upon the faculty and knows that his superior, the absent-minded Professor Welch, could ask him to leave at the end of term next month. Fearful of making further bad impressions or revealing his inner disgust for Welch, Dixon agrees to give the end-of-term lecture on the theme of "Merrie England" and to stay with the Welches the following weekend for a weekend of music and the arts. At the party, Dixon meets Welch's son Bertrand and his girlfriend Christine, who have come up to the country from London. Bertrand, an artist, seems pretentious, while Christine seems uptight and unattainable. Dixon escapes to the pub and returns to the Welches' later that night, where he makes a drunken pass at Margaret Peel, a friend and colleague. Margaret has been staying with the Welches as she recovers from a recent suicide attempt caused by a recent break-up.
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It was Amis's first novel and won the Somerset Maugham Award for fiction. The novel follows the exploits of the eponymous James Jim Dixon, a reluctant lecturer at an unnamed provincial English university. It is supposed that Amis arrived at Dixon's surname from 12 Dixon Drive, Leicester, the address of Philip Larkin from to , while he was a librarian at the university there. Jim Dixon is a lecturer in medieval history at a red brick university in the English Midlands. He has made an unsure start and, towards the end of the academic year, is concerned about losing his probationary position in the department. In his attempt to be awarded a permanent post he tries to maintain a good relationship with his absent-minded head of department, Professor Welch. To establish his credentials he must also ensure the publication of his first scholarly article, but he eventually discovers that the editor to whom he submitted it has translated it into Italian and passed it off as his own.