AMIS, KINGSLEY. "LUCKY JIM."
Examines characters, style, dialogue, humor in novel critiquing British society & human folly.
Kingsley Amis’s 1953 novel Lucky Jim is a book meant to make us laugh at the absurdities of many of the people that we make while at the same time... more
Kingsley Amis’s 1953 novel Lucky Jim is a book meant to make us laugh at the absurdities of many of the people that we make while at the same time assuring us that there the small and downtrodden can come out ahead. In this novel, he tells a tale that we all want to hear, which is that sometimes the good guys win just because they are the good guys.
Amis, born in 1922, has made his focus as a novelist the creation of a humorous but highly critical look at British society, especially in the period following the end of World War II in 1945. Born in London, England, he was educated at Saint John's College, at the University of Oxford and his first novel and the subject of this paper, Lucky Jim was a bitingly satirical story of an unheroic young college instructor.
The book influenced a group of British playwrights and novel