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Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

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Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis.

Cover design by Edward Gorey.

Published by The Viking Press in 1965.



256 pages / 5.1 x 7.75 x 5 / 13 x 19.6 x 1.4


Please see the images above for an accurate representation of what the book looks like, but...

Some fading / wear to the cover (particularly around the edges). It has also discolored a bit with age.

The front cover is loosening a bit, but unless you really tug on it, it's not really in danger of falling off.

Name written on first page (plus the first page is coming loose).

When you look at the book from the side, you see that the edges of some of the pages are stained a bit.


The young British writer Kingsley Amis has written a marvelously funny novel describing, through one young adventurer in particular, an attempt of England's postwar generation to break from that country's traditional class structure. When it appeared in Elgnad, Lucky Jim provoked a heated controversy in which everyone took sides. Somerset Maugham began his highly critical review in the London Sunday Times: "I am told that today rather more than sixty per cent of the men who go to the universities go on a Government grant. This is a new class that has entered upon the scene. It is the white-collar proletariat. Mr. Kingsley Amis is so talented, his observation so keen, that you cannot fail to be convinced that the young men he so brilliantly describes truly represent the class with which his novel is concerned."

"If Mary McCarthy and Randall Jarrell collaborated on a satire of British provincial university life their end in view might be something more happily savage than Lucky Jim. But I doubt it."--Charles Poore, New York Times

"A highly unusual first novel by a young English writer who is endowed with, and in control of, more than his share of talent, humor, and human sympathy."--The New Yorker

Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis


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