[PDF / Epub] ☉ The Collector Author John Fowles – Thomashillier.co.uk

The Collector Withdrawn, Uneducated And Unloved, Frederick Collects Butterflies And Takes Photographs He Is Obsessed With A Beautiful Stranger, The Art Student Miranda When He Wins The Pools He Buys A Remote Sussex House And Calmly Abducts Miranda, Believing She Will Grow To Love Him In Time.


10 thoughts on “The Collector

  1. 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 time and money on his hands, his daydreams about Miranda turn dark and he plans to kidnap her and hold her hostage in the cellar of an old cottage he buys until she gets to know him and 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 time and money on his hands, his daydreams about Miranda turn dark and he plans to kidnap her and hold her hostage in the cellar of an old cottage he buys until she gets to know him and falls in love with him.I r...


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    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 dowith what I believe Fowles was saying about modern culture and the rise of the middle class Though this book is decidedly British in many ways, I think the issues he raises are applicable to any society where a large middle class is 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 dowith what I believe Fowles was saying about modern culture and the rise of the middle class Though this book is decidedly British in many ways, I think the issues he raises are applicable to any society where a large middle class is created in a relatively short amount of time For me, this book is asking whether financial stability really leads to morality andfulfilling lives as in Major Barbara or if perhaps we actually lose our souls once our bellies are fed.As some have mentioned in ...


  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 ti...


  4. says:

    Impotent sociopath kidnaps beautiful art student Told partly from the sociopath s perspective That s my jam I should have loved this book But 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 readi Impotent sociopath kidnaps beautiful ...


  5. 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 t...


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    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 slowlyI 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 name...


  7. says:

    Other reviewers have said what I would say about The Collector It s haunting, disturbing, and impossible to forget once you ve finished While not a typical horror story, it is one that probably occursoften in the real world than not, and the person s involved could be a distant relative, a sibling, a son or a daughter.Allow me to state right now that it s not an easy read As someone who derives enjoyment from books of this nature, I was determined to remain objective from the onset Other reviewers have said what I would say about The Collector It s haunting, disturbing, and impossible to forget once you ve finished While not a typical horror story, it is one that probably occursoften in the real world than not, and the person s involved could be a distant relative, a sibling, a son or a daughter.Allow me to state right now that it s not an easy read As someone who derives enjoyment from books of this nature, I was determined to remain objective from the onset I wanted Frederick to earn my disdain, just as I wanted Miranda to garner my sympathy and suppor...


  8. says:

    One of the first dark psychological thrillers at least in modern times though depending on how you categorize them, James or Poe or even some of the ancient Greeks might usefully be described this way, too A tale of obsession and art and butterflies need I sayWonderful for those who take their fiction black What s especially interesting here is the sheer banality of Frederick s evil He kidnaps Miranda, then doesn t really know what to do or how to relate to her as an actual person One of the first dark psychological thrillers at least in modern times though depending on how you categorize them, James or Poe or even some of the ancient Greeks might usefully be d...


  9. says:

    A great pal of mine, who shall remain nameless, is a collector Truly and obsessively one His house is filled from floor to ceiling with records and CDs and other bric a brac It s a very large, sprawling ranch with a half floor up as well as a basement It should be a spacious and roomy abode, but when you walk in there it s like squeezing through the Fat Man s misery section of Mammoth Cave you have to turn sideways to get through He shares this space with a half dozen cats It s filthy R A great pal of mine, who shall remain nameless, is a collector Truly and obsessively one His house is filled from floor to ceiling with records and CDs and other bric a brac It s a very large, sprawling ranch with a half floor up as well as a basement It should be a spacious and roomy abode, but when you walk in there it s like squeezing through the Fat Man s misery section of Mammoth Cave you have to turn sideways to get through He shares this space with a half dozen cats It s filthy Reading this, I wondered too if he might have a lady squirreled away in the basement, but dismissed this notion There is simply no room down there to do any such thing, every inch is piled with stuff He compares himself to the Collyer brothers see Wikipedia , whose obsession with collecting proved fatal And so it is in Fowles The Collector, but how that is so constitutes a spoiler There were no spoilers in it for me, as I d seen the Will...


  10. says:

    Oh boy what did I just read This was most definitely a strange sinister and creepy story I know I wasn t meant to sympathise with Ferdinand Frederick Caliban but he is such a pathetic useless character Beyond the obvious depraved strangeness of the whole scenario he had no backbone Nothing going for him So he wasn t a complete monster, he seemed to have some qualities that you could call human but it was a such a weird situation and my thoughts changed throughout, between pity and rage, ba Oh boy what did I just read This was most definitely a strange sinister and creepy story I know I wasn t meant to sympathise with Ferdinand Frederick Caliban but he is such a pathetic useless character Beyond the obvious depraved strangeness of the whole scenario he had no backbone Nothing g...


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