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The Collector (Back Bay Books) by John…

The Collector (Back Bay Books) (original 1963; edition 1997)

by John Fowles

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Title:The Collector (Back Bay Books)
Authors:John Fowles
Info:Back Bay Books (1997), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 320 pages
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This book was pretty much impossible to put down once I started it. Excellent writing, and so very creepy. ( )
  sprainedbrain | Dec 1, 2018 |
Hands down I swear this was the inspiration for The Butterfly Garden, both books are creepy and thrilling. Such a bizarre and enthralling read. ( )
  BrainyHeroine | Mar 20, 2018 |
The Collector by John Fowles is a twisted little book about a man who becomes obsessed with a woman he sees and decides that if he can only get her alone, he can make her love him. So he buys an isolated house, with a creepy even more isolated basement, and kidnaps her. As one does. He also collects rare butterflies -- the analogy is not subtle. The book is divided into three chunks. The first is his perspective, reflecting back on the events leading up to the woman coming to live with him (how he frames it) and the initial few weeks of her captivity. The second is her perspective, while captive; the third shifts back to his perspective in the final phase of her captivity.

This book had a very flat affect most of the time, reflecting the collector's perspective and his refusal to think of himself as bad guy. This, combined with the fact that it wasn't sensationalistic or gory, like a more modern take on this topic might have been, made it somehow creepier to read. The end, which implies that the narrator views the woman's death in his captivity as a sign that something was wrong with HER and he just needs to be more choosy next time is positively chilling. ( )
1 vote fannyprice | Mar 3, 2018 |
This is one of the creepiest books I've ever read. ( )
  Denicbt | Feb 5, 2018 |
I didn't really like this book. It was just kind of weird, and I have no idea why it is considered by some as Phantom of the Opera spin-off. ( )
  KaylaLowe | Jan 15, 2018 |
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When she was home from her boarding-school I used to see her almost every day sometimes, because their house was right opposite the Town Hall Annexe.
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This is a 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. (0-316-29023-8)
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Ferdinand has always loved collecting butterflies, but when he becomes obsessed with a young college student, he decides to add her to his collection, against her wishes.

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