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Jim i la sort : novel·la (1954)

de Kingsley Amis

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Fiction. Literature. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:A hilarious satire about college life and high class manners, this is a classic of postwar English literature.
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." Amis's scabrous debut leads the reader through a gallery of emphatically English bores, cranks, frauds, and neurotics, with each of 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 post-war 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.".
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Interesting, this. I wasn't really interested in the setting, nor did I find the characters particularly engaging. Pllot-wise it felt a bit perfunctory, like a string of set-pieces. And while it is funny, it's not _that_ funny. On top of that the resolution is a bit too neat - the title almost feels like an excuse for Kingsley not having come up with a more convincing denouement. And yet, and yet, the writing is - the actual sentences are - just great. And almost surprisingly that's enough.
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La suerte de Jim
Kingsley Amis
Publicado: 1954 | 242 páginas
Novela Humor
Serie: Áncora & Delfín #1090

Lasuerte de Jim esun clásico de la literatura inglesa y de la narrativa satírica de todos lostiempos que, sorprendentemente, nunca se había traducido al castellano. Estanovela irónica y mordaz, publicada por vez primera en 1954, relata las andanzasde Jim Dixon, un anodino profesor de historia medieval de una provincianauniversidad inglesa que se desenvuelve con torpeza entre sus colegas alintentar mantener su flamante puesto de profesor de segunda y complacer a sussuperiores. Através de sus enredos y desventuras, Kingsley Amis traza una sátira brillantede la vida inglesa con una ironía finísima e hilarante. Éstees uno de los clásicos más divertidos de la historia de la literatura, unanovela que se convirtió en un mito popular de la literatura anglosajona deposguerra y que no ha perdido un ápice de su encanto.
  libreriarofer | Nov 22, 2023 |
Really, really funny. Reminded me a lot of Robertson Davies, especially The Cornish Trilogy https://www.goodreads.com/series/53773-the-cornish-trilogy
  lschiff | Sep 24, 2023 |
"No longer human, and therefore all-too-human." — Elkins


Where have we met James before? This "no-longer-academic" young man, who is alienated from his studies, always game for a pint, prurient beyond his means, ruining a set of bedsheets in an amusing manner, disdaining the success of the well-connected son of his superior, despising his attendant insipid politics (though still voting Tory himself), and who is leaving academia to pursue a better life in a novel, is already the current chair of your English department.

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  Joe.Olipo | Sep 19, 2023 |
An interesting and entertaining book. Whilst I didn’t find as hilarious as some reviewers, it did have many amusing episodes, especially as you grew to know the characters enter. The main character starts as an unlike able anti-hero, but as you go through the book, you see more of the Everyman in him and compared to the other characters who you discover are more flawed 5gan the hero, the better he looks. The ending is a happy one, which would normally be no surprise, but it comes as something unexpected here, as the story seems to be heading for a bad ending for the hero until the last few pages, when all the threads of the story come together.
There are also some great insights into the growth of higher education in the early 1950s, when 5he story was written, that forewarned many o& the problems that have come to pass. ( )
  Daniel_M_Oz | Aug 18, 2023 |
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But the plot doesn’t really make sense, and the people’s actions are so convoluted that the ending is truly unsatisfying, at least to this 21 st century reader.
afegit per vibesandall | editaOxford Student (Nov 18, 2019)
 
"Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis's comic masterpiece, may be the funniest book of the past half century "
 

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Amis, Kingsleyautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Benítez Ariza, José Manuelautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Bentley, NicolasDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Binneweg, HerbertDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Blake, QuentinAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
David LodgeIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Gorey, EdwardDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Kilpi, MikkoTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Mortelmans, EdwardAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Schaap, H.W.J.Traductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Lucky Jim was first published by Victor Gollancz in January 1954. (Introduction)
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Christine was still prettier and nicer than Margaret, and all the deductions that could be drawn from that fact should be drawn: there was no end to the ways in which nice things are nicer than nasty ones.
"I am sorry to hear of your difficulties, Mr Dickinson, but I'm afraid things are too difficult here for me to be very seriously concerned about your difficulties..."
The light did him harm, but not as much as looking at things did; he resolved, having done it once, never to move his eyeballs again. A dusty thudding in his head made the scene before him beat like a pulse. His mouth had been used as a latrine by some small creature of the night, and then as its mausoleum. During the night, too, he'd somehow been on a cross-county run and then been expertly beaten up by secret police. He felt bad.
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Fiction. Literature. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:A hilarious satire about college life and high class manners, this is a classic of postwar English literature.
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." Amis's scabrous debut leads the reader through a gallery of emphatically English bores, cranks, frauds, and neurotics, with each of 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 post-war 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.".

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