Fun book recommendation of the day
Lucky Jim is one of the finest, and funniest, comic novels of the twentieth century. The book remains as trenchant, withering, and eloquently misanthropic as when it first published in 1954. It tells the story of Jim Dixon, an unfortunate lecturer of 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." The book takes the readers 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.
Lucky Jim is not just a merciless satire of cloistered college life and stuffy postwar manners. It is an attack on the forces of boredom, whatever form they may take. It is 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.