Archive for October 31st, 2013

Lucky Jim of Kingsley Amis

October 31, 2013

It is considered as a campus novel. It did not really give me that feel. However, it is certainly Wodehousian and very funny! Recommended.

This review describes what the book is very nicely:

More 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.”

Have fun!