[KINDLE] µ The Collector | By ☆ John Fowles #2020


  • Title: The Collector
  • Author: John Fowles
  • ISBN: 9780760725399
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Hardcover

  • The Collector By John Fowles Miranda, a beautiful young art student, is the object of obsession here She becomes the ultimate prize for the psychopathic Frederick, the butterfly collector who has watched her for years Then one day, chloroform in his pocket, he takes her to his cottage miles from no where What happens is both symbolic and all too real, beautiful and sickening at once as resonantMiranda, a beautiful young art student, is the object of obsession here She becomes the ultimate prize for the psychopathic Frederick, the butterfly collector who has watched her for years Then one day, chloroform in his pocket, he takes her to his cottage miles from no where What happens is both symbolic and all too real, beautiful and sickening at once as resonant as a myth, wrote one reviewer in the National Review Read as a psychological thriller, a tale of suspence, or an allegory of a dysfunctional society, The Collector is hauntingly beautiful in its examination of evil.
    John Fowles
    John Robert Fowles was born in Leigh on Sea, a small town in Essex He recalled the English suburban culture of the 1930s as oppressively conformist and his family life as intensely conventional Of his childhood, Fowles said I have tried to escape ever since Fowles attended Bedford School, a large boarding school designed to prepare boys for university, from ages 13 to 18 After briefly attending the University of Edinburgh, Fowles began compulsory military service in 1945 with training at Dartmoor, where he spent the next two years World War II ended shortly after his training began so Fowles never came near combat, and by 1947 he had decided that the military life was not for him.Fowles then spent four years at Oxford, where he discovered the writings of the French existentialists In particular he admired Albert Camus and Jean Paul Sartre, whose writings corresponded with his own ideas about conformity and the will of the individual He received a degree in French in 1950 and began to consider a career as a writer.Several teaching jobs followed a year lecturing in English literature at the University of Poitiers, France two years teaching English at Anargyrios College on the Greek island of Spetsai and finally, between 1954 and 1963, teaching English at St Godric s College in London, where he ultimately served as the department head.The time spent in Greece was of great importance to Fowles During his tenure on the island he began to write poetry and to overcome a long time repression about writing Between 1952 and 1960 he wrote several novels but offered none to a publisher, considering them all incomplete in some way and too lengthy.In late 1960 Fowles completed the first draft of The Collector in just four weeks He continued to revise it until the summer of 1962, when he submitted it to a publisher it appeared in the spring of 1963 and was an immediate best seller The critical acclaim and commercial success of the book allowed Fowles to devote all of his time to writing.The Aristos, a collection of philosophical thoughts and musings on art, human nature and other subjects, appeared the following year Then in 1965, The Magus drafts of which Fowles had been working on for over a decade was published The most commercially successful of Fowles novels, The French Lieutenant s Woman, appeared in 1969 It resembles a Victorian novel in structure and detail, while pushing the traditional boundaries of narrative in a very modern manner In the 1970s Fowles worked on a variety of literary projects including a series of essays on nature and in 1973 he published a collection of poetry, Poems Daniel Martin, a long and somewhat autobiographical novel spanning over 40 years in the life of a screenwriter, appeared in 1977, along with a revised version of The Magus These were followed by Mantissa 1982 , a fable about a novelist s struggle with his muse and A Maggot 1985 , an 18th century mystery which combines science fiction and history.In addition to The Aristos, Fowles wrote a variety of non fiction pieces including many essays, reviews, and forewords afterwords to other writers novels He also wrote the text for several photographic compilations.From 1968, Fowles lived in the small harbour town of Lyme Regis His interest in the town s local history resulted in his appointment as curator of the Lyme Regis Museum in 1979, a position he filled for a decade.Wormholes, a book of essays, was published in May 1998 The first comprehensive biography on Fowles, John Fowles A Life in Two Worlds, was published in 2004, and the first volume of his journals appeared the same year followed recently by volume two.John Fowles died on November 5, 2005 after a long illness.

    The Collector By John Fowles

    Commentaires:

    Pouting Always
    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 fal [...]

    Petra X
    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 [...]

    Brenna
    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 do with 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 [...]

    Fabian
    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 through a terrible ordeal not once but twice Both psychological docume [...]

    smetchie
    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 reading the daily [...]

    Bonnie
    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 [...]

    J.A. Saare
    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 occurs often 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 Fr [...]

    Michael
    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 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 instead of a [...]

    Evan
    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 th [...]

    huzeyfe
    John Fowles un okudugum ikinci romani ama kendisinin yazdigi ilk romani Ikisinde de ayri lezzet aldim ve bu beni ucuncu kitabi sanirim en iyi romani Buyucu okumak icin daha da sabirsizlaniyor.Basindan sonuna kadar surukleyici bir kitap buyuk bir kismini iki gunde bitirdim kitabin ama sonunu biraz da bilerek yavas okudum tipki Fransiz Tegmenin Kadini kitabinda olduugu gibi.Alintilacak ya da ornek verilecek o kadar cok sey var ki Fakat, kitabi okumamis iseniz alacaginiz lezzet duser diye korkuyoru [...]

    Chris_P
    It s hard to believe that after so many novels and films about sociopathic kidnappers, I would still be shocked by a book written in the early 60s The Collector is a traumatizing novel about a guy who kidnaps a young woman, although Clegg is not your typical kidnapper and Miranda is by no means your typical kidnapee What really makes it exceptional is the uniqueness of the two characters and how this shows through the alternating narratives It soon becomes clear that neither of them is totally r [...]

    Khadidja
    i have watched the movie long time ago,The ending was so sad it made me hate everything about it, but still i found it a very interesting story packed with drama and action D and i ll read the book soon.

    Char
    3.5 stars Thought by some to be the first psychological thriller, this book left me slightly wanting The Collector is broken into three parts The first part is from Clegg s point of view Clegg is a man obsessed with a young woman and decides to collect her, much as he collects butterflies The second part is from the woman s point of view, once she s been collected This was the part that I found unsatisfying There were some observations in this portion about class, money and society which probabl [...]

    Roula
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    Cemre
    D zeltme Hangi kafayla bu yorumu yazm m ben Yeniden okuyunca baz yerleri ben bile anlamad m okuyanlar kusura bakmas n Durum g ncellememde de belirtti im gibi bir s redir kitap okumay bile istemiyordum yle ok etkileyici bir eyler bulabilsem ke ke derken haydi bir John Fowles okuyay m dedim bundan nce hi okumam t m Ne de do ru bir tercih yapm m la gibi geldi diyebilirim.Kitap ba ta salt bir psikolojik gerilimi kitab izlenimi uyand rsa da bu kitab sadece psikolojik gerilim roman olarak nitelendirme [...]

    MacK
    Other things were supposed to be read first But I m finding I m powerless in the grip of John Fowles.I don t like scary stories, yet I keep reading.I don t much like novels wherein almost all the characters are reprehensible, yet I keep reading.I don t much like admiting that my boss is right about most things, yet I agree with him and each book.What s most remarkable aboutThe Collectoris that for half the book I was totally unimpressed The plot was engaging but the narrative style was so unli [...]

    Lotte
    That ending gave me chills A deeply unsettling but very good read.

    Greg
    I bought this book at some point, I don t remember buying it It kept falling off of the pile of mass market books I have precariously piled up in front of some other books on one of my bookshelves After maybe the hundredth time picking this book up and putting it back on the top of that pile I thought, maybe I should just read it instead of just picking it up ever couple of weeks The particular edition I read was the third Dell printing, from May 1965 I don t know if the book had the same cover [...]

    Paquita Maria Sanchez
    This is a tale of a man who kidnaps a girl by conning her into the back of his van Then he keeps her in his basement Oh, and he collects butterflies And he s completely insane Sound familiar Why did everyone forget to mention this terrifying 1963 novel when they were praising Thomas Harris up and down This time, though, you get the story from the Buffalo Bill esque character s eyes AND from the Cathryn Martin victim boohoo perspective Only the dude s not a tranny Nor does he aspire to be And the [...]

    Krisz
    An unforgetting read It s kind of impossible to explain the sensations you experience while reading this novel, because it s that kind of story that feels so wrong, and yet you can t stop reading it, be obsessed about it, love it, hate it, hunt every word with frenzy so you can find out what happens next I had one of the most complicated relations with Frederick a hate love hate kind of situation I know, you will say What can one possibly like at this character He is a psiho, a crazy man, weard [...]

    Fiona MacDonald
    I wasn t a fan of this story I was a fan of the writing but not of the story And the main character needed a massive punch in the face You can tell John Fowles is an incredible writer though, he has such a way with words that you are captivated by everything he says I just found the plot so unjust and infuriating that I can t rate it higher.

    Çağdaş T
    B y c den sonra okudu um, ikinci Fowles kitab B y c kadar ba ar l olmasa da zellikle kitab n ikinci b l m nden Miranda n n g nl ok keyif ald m Sanata, resime dair yorumlar Entellekt el az nl k, Yeni Kitle at malar , toplumun s n fsal farkl l klar , modern toplumun i ine d t kmaz gibi konular paralelde irdelemesi.Olduk a ak c yd iki g n gibi k sa zamanda bitirdim zellikle son b l mden sonra bu kitab n filminin ok iyi olabilece ini d nd m.

    Tara
    This book first came to my attention randomly when I worked in a used book store, and it became one of those rare books I ll never let go of It s the story of a rather dull, self righteous, tedious British clerk whose only joys in life are collecting butterflies and keeping a close eye on a lovely art student he follows, yet has never met When he wins the British equivalent of the lottery, he decides that he will add the girl Miranda to his collection The book is divided into three parts, beginn [...]

    Andrei Bădică
    Prima parte mi a pl cut cel mai mult.

    Nandakishore Varma
    Okay, I finally got around to reviewing this book But just a word about the rating the three stars are entirely subjective If you consider the writing which is near perfect , it is undoubtedly a five But the themeFrederick Clegg, a reclusive and seriously sociopathic young man who collects butterflies as a hobby, becomes obsessed with Miranda Grey, a pretty art student so he kidnaps her He does not do anything to her but keeps her absolute prisoner in the basement of his country home just owning [...]

    Karl
    This is copy number 40 of 100 copies,Signed by Laird Barron and Vladimir Zimakov.

    Laila
    ununla ba layay m Vay Arkada Son sayfalar hayretler icerisinde okudum Sas rt c , s r kleyici bir eserdi Ekip okumalar kapsam nda listeme alm t m Iyi ki okumu um, iyi ki ekip okumas na kat lm m Eser roman kategorisinde olsa da insan psikolojisine olduk a derinden yakla m Temponun hi d medi i kurgular seviyorsan z mutlaka okuyun.

    Alex
    The Collector is about a guy who kidnaps a young lady and keeps her imprisoned in his basement The two main characters are well drawn The woman, Miranda, is intelligent and resourceful She thinks clearly and unsentimentally about her predicament and she never gives up She s a little bit awful and pretentious, and I m not sure whether Fowles intends me to think that Probably The man Frederick Clegg, whom she calls Caliban is pathetic, dangerous than he knows The book, the first written and the f [...]

    L.S.
    I found this book very hard to put down If I did not have to go to work I would have read it in 1 day, 2 at the most It is a thriller It is pathological It is human I am listening to synesthesia by porcupine tree At first sight I did not like the ending, I was expecting something But I realized that this is not a romance or a love story, this is life It is a perfect ending, it is like the end of a Hollywood movie in which the psychopath is out there and ready to find another victim I like the s [...]

    Chris
    A tough book to rate it s an easy four star except for the very long section two, in which a daring POV switch from collector to prisoner becomes demoralizing once you flip ahead and realize that section re narrates the entirety of the book up to that point This is a rather big mistake see quote below , yet it begins so well that I was actually willing to read 150 pages thinking this is a mistake, this is all a mistake to get to the last ten pages back with the original narrator And the end s te [...]

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