Books: Unlucky Him

JAKE'S THING by Kings ley Amis Viking; 276 pages; $9.95

The hero of Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis' first novel, was an exasperated rather than an angry young man. While characters out of John Osborne, Alan Sillitoe and others raged against the ossifying and stultifying British class system, Amis' feckless young professor did his best to fit in. Unfortunately, or fortunately, Jim's private loathing for the nest of ninnies that ruled his academic career kept coming to the fore. It was one thing to make secret faces when other backs were turned or to plan baroque revenges against his superiors, but quite another...

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