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Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
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Dec 26, 07

really liked it

A smart, smart, funny book. Humor always lies in precision and detail, and Amis describes physiological suffering and boredom with uncanny exactness. The novel is also well-plotted, without any clunkiness until the end (where, as with too many very funny books, the author rolls up his sleeves and gets to the work of suspense-building). His characterizations, even in the wholesale satire of Professor Welch, are complicated and rich -- except for the women. Though Margaret is intriguingly inconsistent, there's no discernible psychology in her, and no genuine interest in either the protagonist or the author to explore her perspective. And Jim is, perhaps, a bit too lucky after all -- as rewards for his honest cynicism fall into his lap like manna.
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