Thursday, August 1, 2013

Ten brain-expanding books for the college-bound teen

At The Barnes & Noble Book Blog, Jess Dukes tagged ten brain-expanding books for the college-bound teen, including:
Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis

Jim Dixon, Professor of Medieval History, is bored with the daily grind of trying to hang onto his job. One more stupid mistake and his career could be over. Does he even care? More importantly, will he ever land a date with his nemesis’ girlfriend? Have some sympathy for your professors. Their lives, much like this novel, could just be a comedy of errors.
Read about the other books on the list.

Lucky Jim also appears on Andy Borowitz's list of five top comic novels, Sean O'Hagan's list of the ten best fictional hangovers, Roger Rosenblatt's list of the five best satires of academic life, and John Mullan's lists of ten of the best lectures in literature, ten of the best professors in literature, and ten of the best beards in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue