"I was born in 1927, the only child of middle-class parents, both English, and themselves born in the grotesquely elongated shadow, which they never rose sufficiently above history to leave, of that monstrous dwarf Queen Victoria. I was sent to a public school, I wasted two years doing my national service, I went to Oxford; and there I began to discover I was not the person I wanted to be."
John Fowles, The Magus.
Woody Allen is supposed to have said that given the chance to live his life over again, he would do everything exactly the same, other than seeing the movie adaptation of The Magus.
Fowles's novel on the other hand, is one of those works one should try very hard to fit into this lifetime.