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Kingsley Amis

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Narrator, Chapter 24 here was no end to the ways in which nice things are nicer than nasty ones. Sources: Atlantic Monthly, Experience by Martin Amis, Independent Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. London Symbolizes the promiseof a better future “Merrie England” Represents nostalgiafor a false past Alcohol Signifies escapism and abandonment of responsibilities Symbols Self-important professor inlove with “Merrie England” andthe sound of his own voice Ned Welch Seemingly unattainable woman of Dixon’s dreams; Margaret’s opposite Christine Callaghan Intelligent but emotionally unstable faculty member; Dixon’s on-and-off girlfriend Margaret Peel Dissatisfied college lecturer; uses cigarettes and alcohol to cope; gets a job in London James Dixon Main Characters Amis’s satirical wit made him a favorite of readers and critics. Lucky Jim is often named as one of the funniest novels of the 20th century. Amis once said, “If you can’t annoy somebody with what you write, I think there’s little point in writing,” but Lucky Jim is more likely to induce delight than irritation. KINGSLEY AMIS1922–95 Author Sexual desires are rejected and repressed, and romance gets people hurt. Relations between the Sexes Dixon resents the belief that England was once a better and simpler country. Sentimentality of Tradition Dixon rebels in small ways against his lower-middle-class background. ClassHypocrisy James Dixon is a bored, resentful history lecturer at a provincial British college desperate to escape his life. Dodging students, conventions, angry woodwind players, and an utterly unsuitable girlfriend, he bumbles his way to bigger and better things. Tea with aDash of Irony THEMES English Original Language 1954 Year Published Kingsley Amis Author Lucky Jim Comedy Novel

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