April Meetup [Comedy] - Kingsley Amis: Lucky Jim (1954)

And the winner is .....

 

Kingsley Amis: Lucky Jim (1954)

 

Nominated by Richard Ings and here's why:

 

"By far and away my favourite of the lists, so many books to choose from and so many books missing, I'm just going to pick the first one on the list: Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis.

Here's how the New York Review Of Books book club is pitching it to its readers for October:

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 in 1954. This 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 fancy.

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."

 

Looking to be a nice quick read, make sure you grab your copy ASAP so you can join in with the discussion. I got mine for the bargain price of £1.21 from Amazon Marketplace:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/0140278702/ref=dp_olp_all_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=all


For the more ethical purchasers out there why not try The Green Metropolis Charity Book Site:


http://www.greenmetropolis.com/search.aspx?results=0&title=lucky+jim&author=amis&instock=true&search.x=21&search.y=10&search=search

 

Or you can try your Local Library:


http://www.hounslowlibraries.org/web/arena/search?p_p_state=normal&p_p_lifecycle=1&p_p_action=1&p_p_id=searchResult_WAR_arenaportlets&p_p_col_count=2&p_p_col_id=column-1&p_p_col_p...

 

or Oxfam Bookshop:


http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/local-shops/oxfam-bookshops

 

Happy Reading :)


 

 

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  • Oskar

    First time - I enjoyed myself. Lively, unpretentious friendly chat.

    April 10, 2013

  • Lorraine

    Just wanted to say great book club - thank you Pip and thank you to the lovely group with all the discussion and debate

    April 9, 2013

  • Laura S.

    Sorry guys, but it doesn't look like I'm going to be there this evening- I feel awful, and I'm not sure I'm going to manage the rest of the afternoon, let alone tonight! Hope it's a great meetup and I'll see you all next month x

    April 9, 2013

    • Laura S

      yuck - hope you feel better soon x

      April 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Take care, hope you feel better soon x

      April 9, 2013

  • Erin M.

    Sorry l cannot attend now. I have a bad cold and sinusitis.

    April 8, 2013

    • Laura S

      Hope you feel better soon Erin x

      April 9, 2013

    • Erin M.

      Thanks ladies! Have fun tonight x

      April 9, 2013

  • Francesco

    Sorry I did not finish in time...

    April 8, 2013

    • Anne

      Hi Francesco, thanks for letting us know :) See you next time :)

      April 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Started reading the book but can't make it tomorrow after all!

    April 8, 2013

    • Anne

      Hi Eva, that's ok. Thanks for letting us know. We'll be starting discussions on Facebook, Twitter & Good Reads so feel free to share any thoughts you have about the book with us & other members on any of those forums :)

      April 8, 2013

  • Teresa

    Hi there, finally I can´t make it this Tuesday... I hope next time!

    April 7, 2013

    • Anne

      No problem Teresa, thanks for letting us know. We'll be starting discussions on Facebook, Twitter & Good Reads so feel free to share any thoughts you have about the book with us & other members on any of those forums :)

      April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello. I'd like to come along and meet you in May if there's a space at the table?

    April 4, 2013

    • Anne

      Hi Malcolm, sure everyone's welcome. Just click on May's meetup & RSVP yes :) See you there :)

      April 5, 2013

  • Helen L.

    I can't get there at 7:30 (I work until quarter past) - will it be a problem if I'm not there until 8ish?

    March 24, 2013

    • Anne

      Hi Helen, no problem, some of the discussions will have started, but we always have a few stragglers :)

      March 24, 2013

    • Helen L.

      Great, I'll get reading!

      March 29, 2013

  • Francesco

    Will buy it tomorrow, seems a great book ;))

    March 17, 2013

  • Graham

    can't make this date either :( but at least i have not bought the book :)

    November 20, 2012

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