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Sussex house and calmly abducts Miranda believing she will grow to love him in timeAlone and desperate Miranda must struggle to understand her captor if she is to gain her freedo. I am one in a row of specimens It s when I try to flutter out of line that he hates me I m meant to be dead pinned always the same always beautiful He knows that part of my beauty is being alive but it s the dead me he wants He wants me living but dead The Collector is the story of Frederick Clegg an extremely odd and lonely man who also collects butterflies He s obsessed with a middle class art student named Miranda Grey and as he continues admiring her from a distance a plan slowly starts developing in his mind that he would like to have her like one of his butterflies He makes preparations by buying a house out in the country purchasing assorted objects and things he knows she will need convinced that if he can only capture her and keep her that she will slowly grow to love himThe first part of the novel was told from Frederick s point of view and it was rather alarming at his thought process In his mind there is nothing morally wrong with what he intends to do and what he actually ends up doing He recognizes that Miranda is a human being as he takes care of her and provides her everything a human would possibly need but she s inevitably nothing than an object or a collectible item to him He doesn t mean to harm her at first however it s evident that as time progresses he enjoys having power over her and almost finds humor in her attempts to escape The second part of the novel was told from Miranda s point of view through diary entries that she hides underneath her mattress She writes about GP often a man she met and who ended up having a huge impact on her thoughts and ideals To Miranda GP was everything she wanted to be and his opinions and thoughts became a set of rules for her At first I had a hard time determining the relevancy of these recollections but it essentially just became another disturbing piece of the story to see how influential GP and his rules really were to Miranda He s made me believe them it s the thought of him that makes me feel guilty when I break the rules It was almost expected however still just as shocking when it becomes glaringly obvious that Miranda slowly begins to take pity on her captor She starts feeling bad for the harsh things she says to him and she also unconsciously prevents herself from doing him excessive harm during an escape attempt as she feels that if she does she s descending to his levelIt was as if she had simply accepted her situation and that was the most heartbreaking part And yes he had dignity than I did then and I felt small mean Always sneering at him jabbing him hating him and showing it It was funny we sat in silence facing each other and I had a feeling I ve had once or twice before of the most peculiar closeness to him not love or attraction or sympathy in any way But linked destiny Like being shipwrecked on an island a raft together In every way not wanting to be together But together The third and fourth parts of the novel were the most disturbing parts of the entire book Suffice it to say it gave me goosebumps It was not the ending I had anticipated but I still felt that the author was successful in creating the everlasting effect I believe he intended Obviously you understand the severity of Ferdinand s actions however not until the end do you fully understand just how abnormal he really is This was certainly not a happy book but one that I m glad to have read and one that I will likely not forget

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The Collector

Discover John Fowles’ compelling classic first novel‘Short and spare and direct an intelligent thriller with psychological and social overtones’ Sunday TimesWithdrawn unedu. I read this when I was very young Young enough that anything with a sexual connotation was interesting to me Even really perverse deviations like this A collector of butterflies collects a girl and holds her prisoner His deviation is far deeper than merely sex But of course sex is implied all the timeThere are two sorts of kept women those gold diggers who actively sought it and those trophy wives who had never planned for it and had been actively courted This is a trophy wife by force not a sex slave but a wife It s a very original story writing at it s finest And it s creepy very very creepyThanks to Loederkoningin for inspiring me to write this reviewThere are a lot of excellent reviews on GR about this book but in my opinion they all give far too much away The book is like an onion The outside skin then the world within layer upon layer And at it s resolution uite unexpectedly there is a tiny green shoot Every detail you know about the story or the characters will take away a layer for you 5 star read a gold five star

John Fowles Ä 8 summary

Cated and unloved Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs He is obsessed with a beautiful stranger art student Miranda Coming into unexpected money he buys a remote. Impotent sociopath kidnaps beautiful art student Told partly from the sociopath s perspective That s my jam I should have loved this bookBut something left me cold I suppose it may have been all the bitching and complaining the beautiful art student did in her stupid diary What a helpless twit Not to imply that I d be brave and cunning or anythingif someone kidnapped me In fact I m pretty sure I d be a helpless twit as well But I ll be goddamned if I d expect anyone to enjoy reading the daily chronicles of what a helpless twit I d beenThe ending really made me smile though The creepy ending made it all worthwhile Crazy fucker


10 thoughts on “The Collector

  1. says:

    Rather than go into the plot details I'd rather touch on the larger metaphors of the book in this review Although the basic plot is chilling enough on its own A man kidnaps a beautiful and intelligent young girl the parts that truly disturbed me had to do with what I believe Fowles was saying about modern culture and th

  2. says:

    Fredrick is a clerk and butterfly collector who wins some money that lets him retire Fredrick is lonely and has trouble getting along with others the only people he really has are his aunt and cousin He watches an art student named Miranda who starts to become his obsession When he suddenly has a lot of free ti

  3. says:

    I read this when I was very young Young enough that anything with a sexual connotation was interesting to me Even really perverse deviations like this A collector of butterflies 'collects' a girl and holds her prisoner His deviation is far deeper than merely sex But of course sex is implied all the timeThere are two sorts of kept women those

  4. says:

    This is one of those boy meets girl chloroforms her throws her in the back of the van and stuffs her in his basement type stories I knew that already and so I was really not expecting to be coshed on the head and chucked down in the basement as well and tied hands and feet and gagged so that all I could hear was

  5. says:

    This novel was unlike anything I’ve read before and the character of Frederick will certainly leave a lasting memory I don’t think there’s

  6. says:

    Impotent sociopath kidnaps beautiful art student Told partly from the sociopath's perspective That's my jam I should have loved this bookBut something left me cold I suppose it may have been all the bitching and complaining the beautiful art student did in her stupid diary What a helpless twit Not to imply that I'd be b

  7. says:

    This novel is over fifty years old and it holds up very well It is the rudimentary skeleton that is upheld fleshed by current events given a brain by contemporary writers ad nauseum by CSI Law and Order Law and Order SVU Medium Criminal Minds et al Though its semi predictable the end is nonetheless terribly terrific That there are two strands of narrative is sometimes a revelation sometimes an encumbrance like living through a terrible o

  8. says:

    ’I am one in a row of specimens It’s when I try to flutter out of line that he hates me I’m meant to be dead pinned always the

  9. says:

    It's been hard for me to focus lately – gee I wonder why?Over the past month I've begun several books lost interest shelved them I once imagi

  10. says:

    35 stars Thought by some to be the first psychological thriller this book left me slightly wanting The Collector i