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The Collector

by John Fowles

Little, Brown And Company | August 4, 1997 | Trade Paperback

The Collector is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 6.
Hailed as the first modern psychological thriller, The Collector is the internationally bestselling novel that catapulted John Fowles into the front rank of contemporary novelists. This tale of obsessive love--the story of a lonely clerk who collects butterflies and of the beautiful young art student who is his ultimate quarry--remains unparalleled in its power to startle and mesmerize.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.88 in

Published: August 4, 1997

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316290238

ISBN - 13: 9780316290234

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really liked it Frederick is a loner, doesn't really fit in anywhere. When he starts obsessing over Miranda, he builds a room in his basement, where he plans to keep her as his “guest”. This turned out to be very good, I thought. I wasn't terribly interested in the short set-up at the beginning, but it pulled me in quickly once he had Miranda in his basement. For a while, I was a bit horrified as I thought about the girls recently found in Ohio. The book itself – for the first part – was told from Frederick's point of view, then later from Miranda's point of view as she wrote in a journal. There were parts of Miranda's past that I tuned out because I was bored, but skipping over those parts, it really drew me in, and I really liked it.
Date published: 2013-09-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tragic I just finished reading this book, and read it mostly all in one day. I only read it because it was mentioned in a few books on serial killers, and I was curious as to what exactly was written in this book. The story is creepy and tragic for both characters. You find yourself feeling sorry for both characters, believe it or not. I, like others, wish it would have ended with less tragedy, but in a way, it ended the only way possible. It was written exceptionally well, and I'm glad to have read it.
Date published: 2012-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Inside View of a Kidnapper The only reason I picked this book up was because it was mentioned numerous times in another book I had been reading on serial killers. I can see on some level how this type of novel would appeal to those types of people. Saying that, I did find the book very entertaining and a good read, specifically the beginning and end. In the middle, the plot slowed down and at times I was a bit confused as to what was going on, however, getting through that does make the book worthwhile. It is written from two different viewpoints to make the story more interesting, and gives the characters a much more realistic feeling.
Date published: 2011-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't put it down “The Collector” is perhaps my favorite book of all time. You see from both the kidnapper’s and the victims’ point of view, which is one of the things that makes this book incredible. It really is a fascinating read and I just couldn’t put it down. I have read it more than once, and every time is the same. This is truly one of the greatest, most suspenseful thrillers that I have ever read and recommend it to everyone I know. John Fowles is one of the greatest authors I have ever read.
Date published: 2006-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creepy! This is an excellent profile of a psychopath. The unique thing about this psycho is that he is so darn normal, almost boring. Fowles has done an excellent job at getting inside both the heads of the captor and captive. Read this and then read The Magus.
Date published: 2000-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so good, you'll cry Its the best book I ever read in my entire life. Usually a story creeps up so slowly that I dont have time to get emotional about it because I smell the plot a mile away, but this book was... different. I judge the quality of something by the amount of emotion that it draws from me, be it good emotion or bad. Well, this book is pure quality
Date published: 2000-02-26

– More About This Product –

The Collector

by John Fowles

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.88 in

Published: August 4, 1997

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316290238

ISBN - 13: 9780316290234

From the Publisher

Hailed as the first modern psychological thriller, The Collector is the internationally bestselling novel that catapulted John Fowles into the front rank of contemporary novelists. This tale of obsessive love--the story of a lonely clerk who collects butterflies and of the beautiful young art student who is his ultimate quarry--remains unparalleled in its power to startle and mesmerize.

About the Author

John Fowles (1926-2005) was educated at Oxford and subsequently lectured in English at universities in Greece and the UK. The success of his first novel, The Collector, published in 1963, allowed him to devote all his time to writing. His books include the internationally acclaimed and bestselling novels The Magus, The French Lieutenant''s Woman, and Daniel Martin. Fowles spent the last decades of his life on the southern coast of England in the small harbor town of Lyme Regis.
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