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3.53  ·  Rating details ·  449 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Readers of Room at the Top can now meet Joe Lampton again after ten years amid the fleshpots.
Paperback, 255 pages
Published 1966 by Penguin (first published 1962)
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Kris McCracken
Aug 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read John Braine’s debut Room at the Top a few weeks ago and enjoyed it very much. Set ten years from the events of that novel, Life at the Top chronicles the life and trials of Joe Lampton, a once ambitious man of humble origins who has discovered that ‘life at the top’ (well, in the upper middle classes) is not all it was cracked up to be.

A fantastic snapshot of a certain time and place (England’s industrial north in the early-1960s), of a certain class consciousness (a rising proletariat an
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Petra Tokárová
I enjoyed reading both of these books very much. I also identify,in some measure, with the main character, Joe Lampton. As a young man he desperatly longs for money and success that will, as he hopes, make him happy. He longs for the feeling of being accepted by the upper social class.After arriving to a town full of riches, he falls in love with a woman,Alice Aisgil, who is ten years older than he is. Experiencing passionate and forbidden love he realizes what truly makes him happy.Despite this ...more
Joe Stamber
Apr 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paper, read-2011
In Life at the Top we catch up with eternal pessimist Joe Lampton 10 years after his introduction in Braine's debut, Room at the Top. Initially, we are led to believe that everything has changed; the 50s have become the 60s, Joe is married with kids and has a decent job with his father-in-law. Early on, I began to get almost bored and thoughts of a 2 star rating emerged as Joe's rather mundane life unfolded.

I persevered, and slowly but surely the selfish, whining child inside Joe surfaced as his
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Irina
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mi-a atras atentia urmatorul pasaj:

"Privind inapoi, nu vedeam altceva decat un sir interminabil de lupte: lupta ca sa ajung la scoala din Dufton, lupta ca sa-mi trec examenele de admitere, lupta ca sa ajung functionar la casieria din Dufton, lupta ca sa ma insor cu Susan, si lunga harta pe care numai din vara o cunoscusem cu adevarat, a casatoriei insasi. Curand aveam sa incep viata cea noua, viata pe care eu o alesesem; in sfarsit traiam in prezent."

Joe se hotaraste sa lase totul in urma la un
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Renate
Jan 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
When I discovered that there was a sequel to Room At The Top, I couldn't resist getting hold of a copy to find out what happened next to Joe Lampton. Ten years have passed, and things have turned out pretty much as one would have expected. Joe is now married to the boss' daughter, they have two children and a very comfortable life. And even though he now carries some middle aged spread, he still has, or at least tries to have, his way with the ladies. But in spite of all that, Joe isn't happy.

As
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Anastasia Bodrug
Povestioară bună, modul de a descrie nu prea. (Posibil traducerea nu e cea mai bună, dar oricum)
Personajul mi s-a părut cam plat, fără consistență, provoacă scârbă. Un disperat de atenție feminină. Orice femeie întâlnită era descrisă ca iubirea vieții lui.
Finalul, de asemenea, demonstrează cât de jalnic este. (Poate eu ceva nu înțeleg ;)). )
Steven
Nov 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british, romance-sex
Disappointing follow-up to the classic Room at the Top as married life and ambition fulfilled is no substitute for love.
Cecily
Feb 20, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Sequel to Room at the Top: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

If/when I read this, tell Sue first:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
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Jordan Phizacklea-Cullen
'Room At The Top' was a pretty explosive novel when it was first published in 1957, and this sequel perhaps inevitably suffers from 'second album syndrome', as we meet Joe Lampton ten years on, firmly a part of small-town Yorkshire establishment with a favourable position at his father-in-law's business and as a town councillor, but still pursuing quick thrills and struggling with the demands of fatherhood and a terminal marriage. Braine's descriptive talents are a little dimmed in his second no ...more
Ramona
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joe Lampton, un tânăr de origini modeste, dar care are o ambiție de nemăsurat în a-și întrece condiția inițială. Acesta dorește cu îndârjire să urce pe treptele societății, până în vârf unde se află ”înalta societate” care semnifică bogăția, mașini de lux și femei frumoase.
Se spune că scopul scuză mijloacele și că orice are un preț. Prețul succesului este uriaș pentru Joe, fiind dispus să trădeze pe toată lumea și să își trădeze propriile principii și origini.
Primul pas făcut de el este să se mu
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Stephen Hull
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Definitely inferior to Room at the Top, but sort of fun to read to see what happens to Joe. It's very much a sequel: you won't really understand much of what's going on if you haven't read the first book. The plotting is pretty thin, not to mention a little predictable. So was the first book, but you could forgive the author because it was so well paced and well written. This book can't help but give you the feeling that it was written to pay the bills. More disappointingly, it seems at one poin ...more
Oana
Aug 11, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm.....i didn't liked this book from the beginning, but i do know that i loved it at the end. General, simple things about life, about marriage and kids... I think that one of the basic idea of this book is that money is really important for family happiness, even if nobody admits it. You can not go back to a simple and ugly life after you used to live at the top. :).....and i almost forgot : everyone is cheating and lying:) ...more
Lefty Right
Nov 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This author has spentg a lot of time figuring out the character's psyche. It must have driven him insane. The first half of this book is rather dull - but I do enjoy dullness. Half way through things get a little crazy. The language is wonderfully non-chalant. For someone living in this day and age it is often hard to understand the society and sociel rules of the period the book is set in. ...more
Тихомира Палова
Тази книга я прочетох на един дъх през лятото на 2017 г. Тя е от поредицата "Забравените стари книга в личната ми библиотека". Напомни ми, че все пак е имало прекрасни сюжети с богат език и незабравим край и то за вечната тема Любов! ...more
Marina
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not just a sequel to 'Room at the Top'. Ten years have gone by since the end of that novel and, although much of it is about Joe Lampton's increasingly frustrating professional and married life, it actually centres on his relationship with his remote son and affectionate daughter. ...more
Lucie Novak
It was interesting as a follow up. The characters got more flavours.A good book that taught me about my future homeland.
Rob Wiltsher
Sep 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Continuing tale of an anti-hero....
Tim
The sequel to "Room at the Top," one of the Angry Young Man novels I read as part of devouring the whole Amis thing. I like the movie version of "Room at the Top" with Lawrence Harvey. ...more
Wayne
Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
enjoyed the read. At times bogged down on the details of the business activity. Not a great lover of Joe Lampton's character. ...more
Dumitru Moraru
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I made the mistake to start this book and not its prequel. I didn't like very much Joe. But the ending left me speechless. ...more
Peer
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-reads
A hearthening novel for married couples in heavy weather. I am happy to have read this book.
Philip
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After recently re-reading John Braine’s Room at the Top, I went On Chesil Beach, courtesy of Ian McEwan. Without doubt the latter is a masterpiece, whereas the former seems to be a little too reliant on its contemporary setting, its social mores, its finely tuned appreciation of social class to be considered more than “of its time”. Concatenating the two books, however, has made me think a little more about the underpinning thesis of Ian McEwan’s book, that the early 1960s remained an age when s ...more
Peter
Jun 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Life at the Top' is the sequel to 'Room at the Top' in which we met local Government official and social climber Joe Lampton as he courted Susan Brown, the daughter of a wealthy businessman, whilst he has an affair with an older married woman. In this book time has moved along ten years and on the surface Joe has got everything that he thought he wanted, an upper-class wife, a nice house, a sports car, two children, and an executive job with the biggest firm in town. Yet despite his material po ...more
Amy
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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John Gerard Braine was born in Bradford, Yorkshire in 1922. He sprang to immediate fame in 1957 with publication of his first novel, Room at the Top, which was a critical success and a major bestseller in England and America and was adapted for the screen in an Oscar-winning 1959 film starring Simone Signoret and Laurence Harvey. His second novel, The Vodi (1959), met with mixed reviews and a disa ...more

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