The Collector

The Collector

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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.
Publisher: Boston : Back Bay Books, 1997, ©1991
Edition: First Back Bay paperback edition
ISBN: 9780316290234
Branch Call Number: FICTION Fow
Characteristics: 305 pages ; 21 cm


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A butterfly collector wins a lottery and, thus, acquires a remote cottage where he imprisons a young woman.

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VaughanPLAlex Dec 13, 2016

Written mainly from the perspective of an impotent sociopath, ‘The Collector’ is a fascinating read. It is pathological, it is haunting, and it is impossible to put down. A collector of butterflies seeks out to “collect” a young girl and hold her prisoner; his thought processes and planning carefully articulated for the reader. If you are looking for a good book to end the year, this is it!

Jul 05, 2016

An unusual book. A journey into the minds of the two protagonists. The flashbacks to Miranda's life were somewhat tedious relative to what was occurring in the present. Her ability to actually escape was in all probability futile. Altogether a depressing story - one I wouldn't recommend.

ECiriello Jun 06, 2016

An excellent book. Wonderful to get into the minds of both kidnapper and victim.

Sep 13, 2015

Such an insanely creepy book. This was a very intense read and it took a lot to finish. The whole time I was on the edge of my seat just hoping for something good to happen. But nothing ever really did... It was just so hard reading about the mental breakdown of a human being in an attempt for freedom that will never come. And the impending doom of knowing that it just might happen again...

Apr 22, 2015

British novel copyrighted in 1963 about a lonely soul ( who doesn't think highly of himself) who takes it in his mind to kidnap a girl he admires and holding her hostage in a ready-made basement. A little hard to understand because of the jargon of the British 1960's and street references. Not the way I thought it was going to end and a little long in making points about classes. Average to good

Jan 23, 2015

Very clever well written thriller with enough symbolism to be a great novel. Very good narrative and characterizations. Well worth reading though a tad macabre.

Nov 03, 2014

Creepy, charged psychological thriller about a seemingly mild-mannered man who kidnaps a woman. From the author of "The French Lieutenant's Woman." Made into a film with Terrence Stamp.

Oct 11, 2011

Such an excellent psychological study...much creepier than Room by Emma Donoghue.

Jun 13, 2011

well written, readable. changes of POVs made for more compelling reading. hardly dates, tho written in 60s. recommend.


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