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The main character (aka Clegg) is a middle aged man who has suffered from family neglect when growing up in the lower class suberbs of London. Clegg observes a young art student, Miranda, while at work and continues to stalk her as his obsession with her grows. After winning the lottery he sees that now he has the money to do whatever he likes. Clegg plans to take her and lock her up in a house far in the country side where he plans to make her fall in love with him. Through out this experience Miranda spends her time thinking about life and travels down a path of self spiritual discovery. It all ends with death of Miranda, caused by illness, and to what the reader finds most disturbing is Clegg starting all over again with his obsession with another girl, and the cycle continues...
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The review of this Book prepared by anonymous

Fowles's first published book is a compact thriller related in turn by each of the two characters -- a lower-class fellow who captures a pretty art student and holds her captive in a basement in the hope that she will eventually grow to know and love him, and his victim. Although it can be read as a mere thriller, the narrative encourages the reader to meditate on the differences between the privileged and elite (not only in terms of class and economics, but native talent and ability) and the masses, and what each may owe or offer to the other.
The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   nature of existence (heavy philosophy) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Love problems?    -   Obession with uninterested person Lover is    -   chased obsessively but totally uninterested

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Eastern European


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London    -   wealthy    -   rude people Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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