03 August 2007

Lucky Jim

Repeating what I posted on the book club blog, we met to discuss Lucky Jim last night. Well, TC and I discussed since we were the only ones present who read the entire book. Everyone else listened and with good reason. It's near the end of the summer and people have things going on. FP's move comes immediately to mind.

I thought the book was great. The one thing that caused people some trouble was that the book starts in the middle of a conversation and it takes you a moment to get accustomed. You're not really introduced to the characters.

Once you get used to it, the book flows. I like the character of Jim. I know that the book is obstensibly an academic novel, but to me it's a novel of conflict. Yes, it's a comedy, but there's conflict between department chair and department peon and between Jim and Bertrand over Christine.

TC has the next pick, and she's chosen The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy.


At 03 August, 2007 16:55, Blogger The Topiary Cow said...

The Dud Avocado sounds interesting. Your book club seems to have much more sprightly picks than the Cow's.

Perhaps too much summer grazing can account for that.


At 05 August, 2007 18:35, Blogger The Library Guy said...

We've got a great group of people in the book club.


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