A couple of weeks ago we sold a copy of "Lucky Jim" by Kingsley Amis. This is one of my favourite books. My brother had recommended it and I first read it years ago amid tears of laughter. It is so unusual to laugh like this while reading and it is pure joy when it happens. The main character Jim Dixon is trying so hard at his new academic post but it is so obviously the wrong environment for him and the constant sneering and disapproval that he encounters are seriously funny.
We can all find things less worrying or concerning if we can laugh at them and Jim’s hapless attempts at fitting in were probably striking a chord with me as I was starting out in a new job and in a new city with new people. I have recommended this book to other people with mixed reviews. Some have loved it and some have been unable to find anything funny in it at all. It is a gift if, as an author, you can make people laugh. Humour is subjective and often needs to be in context and it is possible that my sense of humour is not very sophisticated. I confess that not long ago I watched ten minutes of a YouTube compilation of people trying to stay upright on an icy pavement and I laughed so much it hurt!