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I felt the main section of this book is Colectionaruo diary. Although Lake had committed several crimes in the Ukiah, Californiaarea, his “Operation Miranda” did not begin until after he moved to remote Wilseyville, California. The device of getting to see the situation from her point of view could have been used quite well to counteract the way that colectionaul first person narration of her capture and imprisonment had been shown. He is convinced that Miranda will start to love him after some time.

Suffice it to say, those last few words gave me chills and even now I can’t stop thinking about them. Other reviewers have said what I would say about The Collector.

But I felt sorry for him sometimes, thought his lonelyness made it this person. Dec 21, Evan rated it liked it Shelves: Quotes from The Collector.

The book ends with his announcement that he plans to kidnap another girl. Colectionaarul this particular type of cover had gone a bit out of style. The battle of wits here is good, and is well handled in the movie as well. Goodreads says this edition is from I think. Fred is the sweetest psycho ever! Fowled 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. This is a trophy wife by for I read this when I was very young.


R A great pal of jobn, who shall remain nameless, is a collector. After that things just go badly.

I think it would be too shocking for a 13 year-old kid. The only thing he seems to respond to is a fleeting type of beauty, and colectionaarul he wants to do with that beauty is possess it. In late Fowles completed the first draft of The Collector in just four weeks.

Reading this book, I was often reminded of the idea that the opposite of love is not hate, but indifference. The Collector is broken into three parts. I might have enjoyed this book more at a different time in my life. View all 16 comments.

I could never stand to look at an ugly painting in my fowlws just because it was worth money, nor could I ever live with myself if I hoarded Picassos or Bacons or Kirchners purely for my own benefit. And so it is with the collector, whose fwoles view of Miranda trumps the reality of who she is. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Of course, when you delve into the third and fourth parts, it’s just devastating.

The Collector by John Fowles

I had hoped that Fowles would not have stated so obviously through Miranda’s voice that the collector was someone who treated her the same way as the butterflies in his collection, in such an aloof way, under glass, suffocating and snuffing out what he supposedly loved. What really makes it exceptional is the uniqueness of the two characters and how this shows through the alternating narratives. Truly and obsessively one.

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See all 4 questions about The Collector…. The psychological abuse, the description of both the villain’s and the victim’s attitudes vs. Jkhn plot was engaging but the narrative sty Other things were supposed to be read first.

InRobert Berdella held vowles male victims captive and photographed their torture before killing them. It also gave them a good model of how to escalate to the point of doing things like kidnapping and murdering because really in the book Fredrick just starts off by dreaming about it and it goes from there.

The Collector

It’s haunting, disturbing, and impossible to forget once you’ve finished. There are a lot of excellent reviews on GR about this book, but in my opinion they all give far too much away.

Feb 25, Fiona MacDonald rated it it was ok Shelves: 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.