[Ebook] The Collector By John Fowles – Rvtrek.info

The Collector Oh , said a friend, taking this novel off my shelf This sounds like a boring topic for a story She thought it was a story about collecting butterflies, as that is what the title and cover suggest And I answered It is not about that at all, and it is one of the most suspenseful and scary novels I ever read But then I thought that it actually is a 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 been a character that s made my skin crawl or forced me to talk back shout at a book on so many an occasion well done Fowles I definitely think Book Reader Discover John Fowles Compelling Classic First Novel Short And Spare And Direct, An Intelligent Thriller With Psychological And Social Overtones Sunday TimesWithdrawn, Uneducated 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 Sussex House And Calmly Abducts Miranda, Believing She Will Grow To Love Him In Time.Alone And Desperate, Miranda Must Struggle To Understand Her Captor If She Is To Gain Her Freedom 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 the quiet reasonable voice of working class loner Fred Clegg, aged 22, explaining how he d fallen in love from afar with the unattainable art student Miranda Grey, since he was much too shy to go up speak to her, the only way he could figure out how to meet her and get her to really see the kind of person he was a good person with proper values, not the upper class idiots she was hanging around with was to chloroform her and stuff her in his basement Normally a lowly clerk could not do any such thing, but Fred had a stroke of luck, he won the modern equivalent of 1.6 million on the football pools 1960s version of the National Lottery so he could ditch his family buy an isolated cottage with a lovely big cellar.Fred explains for 122 pages how attentive to her every whim he was, how this was the gentlest form of kidnapping ever, and aside from the initial drugging throwing in the van and the alas necessary gagging and binding from time to time otherwise she d escape, probably, as she had not yet come to see what a good person 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 throu 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 kidnap 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 him.The 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 ha 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 say Wonderful for those who take their fiction black What s especially interesting here is the shee 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 really enjoyed the book personally, I liked the writing style and even though its about something macabre Fowles doesn t make it exploitative or gore y to shock the reader A lot of the focus is on the characters change and development as well as their thought process through out I think it s really well done, both the Fredrick and Miranda parts are distinct and feel like two separate people Everything unfolding the way it does felt so real too, the way Fredrick distances himself from what he s doing and tries to justify it, insisting he doesn t mean to do it until he does it even though everything is being meticulously planned Also Miranda s conflicted feelings over Fredrick and her slow breakdown from living confined and alone I originally read this book because I was listening to last podca 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 time.There 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 creepy.Thanks to Loederkoningin for inspiring me to write this review.There 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, quite unexpectedly there is a tiny green shoot Every detail you know about the story or the characters will

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