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Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
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Jan 29, 09

Read in January, 2009

I didn't know much about this book, but had seen it on a few "best novels of the 20th century lists." I took it on a trip to Toronto with a few other lightweight books, and read it last. There were two key aspects about the book that hooked me. The first was the wonderful cast of very memorable and slightly crazy characters. Even the protagonist -- one Jim Dixon -- was host to several quirky characteristics. Yet the author managed to stay within the bounds of belief.

The second aspect was the writing: the author, Kingsley Amis, is a marvelous wordsmith and storyteller. Several times I went back and re-read sentences just for the sheer pleasure of reading the words again. And I found myself laughing out loud on many occasions.

I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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Lotte See what comes from business trips? Glad to see such a high recommendation Wayne. It's on my list now!


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