The Collector
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The Collector

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by John Fowles
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

There is not a page in this first novel which does not prove that its author is a master storyteller.
Library Journal
Fowles launched his career with The Collector, which was welcomed with great critical enthusiasm, including that of LJ's reviewer, who found it "a distinguished first novel" (LJ 8/63). Mantissa, on the other hand, was a departure from the author's more popular material and received only a marginal response (LJ 9/1/82).
Honor Tracy
The Collector is a work of art….It both stirs the mind and satisfies.
New Republic
Whitney Balliett
A bravura first novel….As a horror story, the book is a remarkable tour de force.
New Yorker
Guy Davenport
What happens is both symbolic and all too real, beautiful and sickening at once…as resonant as a myth.
National Review
Alan Bryce-Jones
There is not a page in this first novel which does not prove that its author is a master storyteller.
New York Times Book Review
From the Publisher
“Brilliant. An artist of great imaginative power.”
Sunday Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316290234
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
08/04/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
166,769
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
670L (what's this?)

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"Seeing her always made me feel like I was catching a rarity, going up to it very careful, heart-in-mouth as they say. A Pale Clouded Yellow, for instance. I always thought of her like that, I mean words like elusive and sporadic, and very refined-not like the other ones, even the pretty ones. More for the real connoisseur."
—from The Collector

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