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Jill by Philip Larkin
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Aug 29, 11

An insight into the stratified world of 1940s Oxford University. A young man, John Kemp from the North of England ends up sharing a room at the University with a brash Londoner. The books shows Kemp's obsession with trying to get with the in crowd even as they mock and denigrate him at every turn. But the more they do it the more it seems to sharpen Kemp's desire to be part of their circle. Eventually he finds that Christopher's (above mentioned brash Londoner) one possible chink in a seemingly impenetrable armour could be the fact of Kemp's close family ties. This discovery thrills John Kemp so much that he ends up inventing a whole fictional narrative around a sister he doesn't have. This harmless pursuit goes well till his 'character' Jill actually materialises in the form of a teenage girl named Gillian. Kemp's instant infatuation with the real Gillian fuelled no less by his earlier creation of her leads to a mad pursuit of the girl. How will it all end? Read the book to find out.

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