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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books (Aug. 4 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316290238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316290234
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 15 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rick Brenner on Jan. 16 2004
Format: Paperback
Fantastic book. His writing style is rare and wonderful. You don't often read a book and really get into the minds of the characters the way you do with this book.
I wonder how much Stephen King was influenced by John Fowles writing style? Definite similarities.
I'm officially a John Fowles fan now and will collect first editions of his other books as well.
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By Pithy on Jan. 6 2012
Format: Paperback
Sharp, overall effect is well written with realistic clarity and points of view. Transfixed by the characters. The plot was probably shocking in its day. Channeling Anne Frank
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Format: Hardcover
Mr Fowles has such a gift for getting the reader into the head of the subject. I really enjoyed this book. The way the book is crafted from the prospective of the two subjects was inventive and enlightening. I thought it was well balanced regarding the male female relationship and their reactions to the progress of the book. I would recomend this book to anyone looking to really excape for the duration of the book.
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Format: Paperback
The Collector...well, where does one begin when concerning such an exhilirating but macabre piece? The reader witnesses the degenerating nature of a man who has been isolated from human society due to it's insoluble isolation and expectations of what one should be like. Clegg falls victim to the intricacies of love, and Miranda a figure who, is perhaps an emblem of the affects of the human condition (imposed by man, himself) who is severed but learns a vital lesson concerning the importance of life. If one wants a challenge, and desires to explore the different meanings interwoven into a sensitive yet powerfully written piece, then 'The Collector' is defiantely a text to read.
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By Eimi Star on March 25 2003
Format: Paperback
I had to read this book for my Honors World Lit. class last year, and it was truely one of the best books ive ever read. Fowles splits the book up into to parts, the first half is through "Ferdinand's" view point, and the second half is through Miranda's. This allows more depth, along with the ability to understand the characters and what was going on in there minds when they did certain things, like stalking miranda and kidnapping her. i never saw the end of the book coming, it was like....wow......i couldnt put this book down so i finished it about 2 weeks before everyone in my class did (all of which agreed that it was an excellent read) and as i sat in class reading other books i would occasionally look up and see the expressions on my classmates faces as they came to some of the most shocking parts, especially some of miranda's responses to fred's love.
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By A Customer on Jan. 28 2003
Format: Paperback
A young woman is abducted by a man who's grown obsessed with her in the previous months (or years), and wants her to fall in love with him too. But once she's in his power, he is at a loss what to do with her ..
The story is told from his point of view, and then hers, which provides the reader with a distorted yet deeply interesting account of the same events. John Fowles's observations are very cruel but also very, very true - people like Frederick, his hero, can never fit in. They can only use violence to serve their own purposes - but even that does not always work - as you cannot force somebody's mind .. in the story, the woman never acts as he expects or would like her to, and it's very obvious she doesn't belong to his world, and never will.
Which can only lead to tragedy, even if people don't want things to end this way.
The plot of the Collector reminds me of stories by Edogawa Ranpo or Ernesto Sabato - I remember the former wrote a weird novel about a masseur using women's bodies to fulfill his desire for Perfect Beauty.
That said, Fowles mostly reminds me of the best writers/analyzers of the human mind like Kellerman or Mac Ewan.
But he's also a great writer of his own right .. I first read the Collector more than 10 years ago, when I only was in my early teens ... and it's still as good as it was at the time.
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Format: Paperback
This book is divided into the abductor's point of view and the abductees. I was very drawn into it for the abductor as he described the difficulty of keeping his prisoner. Once I read about the girl and her thoughts, I hoped he would kill her. I won't spoil it for you. She needed to die though.
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Format: Paperback
Set in London, Fowles takes us on a journey through a young man's dimented mind, whilst glimpsing into the dreams of an intelligent young girl. It pulls you into a tug of war over good intentions and obsessive romance. After stalking a young girl for some time, Fred Clegg fianlly "pins" her to the floor of his 17th century cottage's cellar. Beware of feeling sypathy for the wrong person... A good read, enaging, suspenseful, and mischevious. Not for the squeamish.
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