#23 – Lucky Jim (Kinsley Amis, 1954)
Lucky Jim is a comic novel written by an English poet, critic, teacher and novelist Sir Kingsley William Amis. It was published by British book publishing house Victor Gollancz Ltd in 1954. It is the debut novel of the Amis and won the British literary prize Somerset Maugham Award for fiction. Around 1950, Lucky Jim pursues the benefit of eponymous James Dixon, a reluctant lecturer of middle Ages history at the English university. The tone is frequently straightforward and truculent; however its lingual authority and style are far reaching and finely balanced. The novel pioneers the trademark topic of the time: a young fellow advancing in a post-war world that joins new and dying attitudes.