The Collector

Kobo ebook | December 1, 2012

byJohn Fowles

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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.

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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...

John Fowles was born in Essex, England, in 1926. He attended the University of Edinburgh for a short time, left to serve in the Royal Marines, and then returned to school at Oxford University, where he received a B.A. in French in 1950. Fowles taught English in France and Greece, as well as at St. Godric's College in London. Although t...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:December 1, 2012Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316230200

ISBN - 13:9780316230209

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quite a doozy I raced through this book--I couldn't put it down. It's the story of our clerk, Frederick, the butterfly collector, and his 'intended', Miranda, a woman who becomes his captive almost by accident. Or so Frederick would have us believe in his head. This book is upsetting, unsettling; it's downright depressing at times, but back and forth between these two characters' heads certainly accentuates why this is considered one of the first real psychological novels. It is set almost primarily in Frederick's cottage nestled in the English countryside with Miranda in the basement, and their interactions as well as private thoughts, both of which are leant to the reader, and ultimately the final blow that will see Miranda achieve her escape, or not. I won't ruin anything but this is marvellous!
Date published: 2016-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Collector had me Collecting my Thoughts What an interesting take on the abduction genre. Some claim this is one of the first psychological thrillers to be written (1960s). Frederick abducts Miranda, a girl he has been obsessing over for quite some time, and keeps her in his basement. His reason for abducting her is not for 'perverse' reasons, rather he just wants her, like one of his butterflies. The first half of the novel is told from Frederick's POV and the second half from Miranda's. You actually feel empathy towards Frederick, in a strange way (as does even Miranda) and I think that is why I enjoyed this book so much, to be able to see a terrible crime from the eyes of both parties.
Date published: 2015-01-14
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