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by John Fowles

  • Author: John Fowles
  • ISBN: 1850890293
  • ISBN13: 978-1850890294
  • ePub: 1986 kb | FB2: 1420 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Publisher: Isis Large Print Books; Large Print edition (March 1, 1986)
  • Pages: 376
  • Rating: 4.7/5
  • Votes: 794
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The Collector ePub download

Little did I know just how masterfully John Fowles would pen the book

Withdrawn, uneducated and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies. Little did I know just how masterfully John Fowles would pen the book. Written in four sections, you are given Frederick's POV, then Miranda's (via her diary), and finally two final portions (of which the last seems like an epilogue). The format doesn't seem to be all that special, but in truth, it is what makes The Collector so powerful - your emotions, quite literally, are used against you.

The Collector is a 1963 thriller novel by English author John Fowles, in his literary debut. Its plot follows a lonely, psychotic young man who kidnaps a female art student in London and holds her captive in the cellar of his rural farmhouse. Divided in two sections, the novel contains both the perspective of the captor, Frederick, as well as that of Miranda, the captive. The portion of the novel told from Miranda's perspective is presented in epistolary form.

The Collector By John Fowles It was a good day’s work. I booked out of the Cremorne three days before, and every night I moved into a new hotel and booked out the next morning so that I couldn’t be traced

The Collector By John Fowles. 6. equipment for when I moved round the country, and also I thought if I got a van I wouldn’t always have to be taking Aunt Annie and Mabel around when they came back. It was a good day’s work. I booked out of the Cremorne three days before, and every night I moved into a new hotel and booked out the next morning so that I couldn’t be traced. In the van I had the bed ready and the straps and scarves. I was going to use chloroform, I used it once in the killing-bottle.

John Fowles is a well-known British author (1926 – 2005) who has dedicated his life to the world of literature

John Fowles is a well-known British author (1926 – 2005) who has dedicated his life to the world of literature. Readers at large better know John Fowles for two of his most acclaimed novels. The Magus, published in 1965, has generated the most lasting interest, becoming something of a cult novel, particularly in the United States of America.

Well, of course with Aunt Annie and Mabel out of the way I bought all the books I wanted, some of them I didn’t know such things existed, as a matter of fact I was disgusted, I thought here I am stuck in a hotel room with this stuff and it’s a lot different from what I used to dream of. about Miranda and me.

The Collector is a book that resonates long after reading the last word.

Ships from and sold by Oasis1270. The Collector is a book that resonates long after reading the last word. A psychological thriller in genre, and perhaps one of the earliest of its kind, it delves into the minds of its characters and offers brutal honesty even when the reader is hoping for an alternative reality.

No book will make you appreciate the great outdoors more than this creepy locked-room horror story. Frederick Clegg is a loner. Isolated from society, he spends his time trapping butterflies in jars and watching them die. He's obsessed with the rare breeds, the special ones. The more magnificent the butterfly, the greater his desire to possess it. When he catches sight of the beautiful art student Miranda Grey, the stage is set for his terrible transition from collector of butterflies to girls. Miranda is the perfect specimen.

John Fowles writing is a hard one to critique in this case because I didn’t like i. Is The Cloud Atlas a good book? The Collector was published in 1963, so I imagine it was one of the earlier ones to do it, but I don’t.

John Fowles writing is a hard one to critique in this case because I didn’t like it. In fact, I think the point is that you are not supposed to like it. There are no elaborate descriptions to paint a bright picture of the settings, places or people. Fowles also makes several literary reference in The Collector, some of which I fear were completely lost on me. The one’s about Jane Austen’s Emma I got, the one’s related to The Tempest by Shakespeare however I mostly still don’t understand. Is The Cloud Atlas a good book? The Collector was published in 1963, so I imagine it was one of the earlier ones to do it, but I don’t know for sure.

Inertedub
I can see where the book is ahead of it's time. But, in today's psychological thrillers. This book is slow and bland. (Not being disrespectable here.)
The story starts with a lonely man Frederick Clegg that has come by with a large sum of money and now he can buy anything he wants. But Clegg is so damaged and different he longs for Miranda a young and beautiful art student. He watches her, he loves her in his weird way. All he wants is for her to love him. He plans for her and builds the perfect place for her.

Then he waits for the right time to take her for his own. He lures her to his van and he chloroforms her and kidnaps her.
The story is about how he wants to control her, but at first he does not want to hurt her. He wants to love her and he wants her to love him.

Miranda does everything she can to make him let her go. But, she makes one mistake and Frederick's feeling for her change. He no longer believes her or will help her as much.
Nuadador
Frederick Clegg is a simple man who led a lonely life. Working as a town clerk, Frederick tries to make friends, but his oddities prevent any real connections. Self-conscience about his social class and education, Frederick believes his luck will change now that he’s won the pools. With his winnings, he finds the monetary means and fortification to execute his dream of securing a companion – a beautiful young woman he’s admired for years, but rather than woo her, Frederick plans her capture.

Miranda Grey is a vibrant twenty year-old art student from an affluent middle class family. Her life seems to be bright and full of potential until she encounters Frederick. Waking bound and gagged in a cellar, her life drastically changes. To her credit, Miranda is determined to take steps necessary to survive.

Told in four parts, the book begins in Frederick’s POV where he explains his thoughts and justifications for his actions. Quickly, it becomes clear that Frederick isn’t treated well by many, even Miranda issues demands to him, and this causes a bit of a sympathetic view. However, his need to keep Miranda overrides any sense of morals as he provides everything she wants given she remains his possession.

With a shift to Miranda’s perspective, the tone dramatically changes and creates an alternate view of her belief system, hopes, and how she tries to survive captivity. At first, she seems snobbish and demanding, and in some ways she is, but she is resolute about doing what she must to ultimately escape. Reading about her coping mechanisms is compelling, along with her ideas of beauty, love, violence and art which make broader statements about the state of society at that time yet still relevant today.

The way Frederick treats Miranda is perverse in certain ways, being a butterfly collector by hobby, she becomes his prized aberrational specimen. Though he believes he wants unconditional acceptance, it becomes clear what Frederick wants. Additionally, his own behavior is contradictory in that he has become what he’s always looked upon with disdain. Ultimately, the truth about Frederick is revealed leaving a lasting impression.

In this novel, the dynamic between captor and captive is deeply complex. While misguided love seems to be Frederick’s motivation, obsessive qualities soon appear. The dichotomy between creating worlds to justify reality was also fascinating and the author used these elements with exacting precision. And, the character references to The Tempest are skillfully apt.

The Collector is a book that resonates long after reading the last word. A psychological thriller in genre, and perhaps one of the earliest of its kind, it delves into the minds of its characters and offers brutal honesty even when the reader is hoping for an alternative reality. I highly recommend!
Rare
I really wanted to love this book, but I just can't; the writer's style doesn't float my boat. The plot isn't as interesting as it could have been and goes along a very vague storyline. Do we know why this man has the issues he does? No. The describing factors in this book are lackluster, and the author has a strong liking for the word "Well" and the word "Etcetera" and I mean STRONG liking, to the point where it gets really annoying to read this book for long periods of time. I won't give away anything else, other than the story doesn't have take any twists and turns down a shocking ending, and I wouldn't recommend it.
Vobei
I really like the set-up for the Camel Club, but this book seemed like a first draft. The plot sagged badly in the middle, then picked up toward the end, but I found myself bothered by the "phoned-in" quality of the writing.

I've never warmed up to the Annabelle character (I quit Book 3 in the series mid-way because of her). Don't think I'll be buying any more Camel Club books (if there are any), and I'll think twice about Baldacci. The writing in this book really wasn't up to bestseller standards.

I gave it 2 stars because it does have a bestseller plot.
Ydely
Decent entertainment - nothing earth-shattering here. Some stretching of believability, somewhat predictable here and there, but you care about the characters (which are cut from a "fun" cloth) and want to see what happens to them next. A good read if you want to continue the series, but probably less so if you want it to stand on it's own.

Note specific to this Audiobook: One aspect of the recording was quite distracting and annoying - the characters are all voiced seperately for their dialog, and a different voice provides narration. This might not be so bad, but the narration is clearly MUCH LOUDER than the dialog, and the interjections of "<character> said dryly." and the like felt out of place and poorly compiled. Volume and tone needed to be matched much better so that the listener was not taken out of the story so often. Just my opinion. That said, if you frequently listen to Audiobooks, you will be well aware that not all of them are created equal - some readers and production are much better than others, even when produced by the same company.
Malaunitly
The Collector was one of the most horrifying, frightening, gut-wrenching, magnificent book I have ever read!

I think the most harrowing aspect of the book is that the fact that it can so easily happen! The ending just blew me away! It was so unexpected. I love to be surprised by a book's ending.

This read has none of the blood, guts, and gore aspect of Stephen King's books, but in a way, is even more horrifying in it psychological fear factor.

If you get a chance, rent or buy the 1960's movie version of " The Collector " with Terence Stamp in the lead role. It is even more appalling to watch, so don't watch it if you are home alone! Christine Schulz
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