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Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
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Nov 26, 2007

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bookshelves: 1001, rws-2014-spring, 2014-read
Read from April 02 to May 25, 2014

I enjoyed the humor of this book, but still found that it really dragged along. I also ended up sympathizing with the hapless Margaret, the non-interest of the protagonist. So, here we have hates his job but doesn't know what to do with himself Jim. He finds himself moving along in a relationship with Margaret, afraid to tell her he doesn't really want a relationship. Meanwhile, he's actually wishing to make off with Christine. Kingsley Amis apparently wants the reader to join with him in laughing at poor old Margaret -- too ugly for anyone to like her, she's reduced to pretending to commit suicide to try to gain Jim's sympathy. But instead of feeling that Margaret is a manipulative character, I found her vastly more sympathetic than Jim. Anyway, this is the sort of book that I've felt like I really should have read, so I'm glad that now I have. But I don't agree with its accolades as the funniest book of the 20th century.
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