The Collector

The Collector

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by John Fowles
     
 

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This brilliant tale of absessive love was John Fowless' debut novel, and it immediately established him as a major contemporary novelist. Critics on both sides of the Atlantic were dazzled by its simplicity and power, calling it a "remarkable tour de force" ( The New Yorker) and "a haunting and memorable book" (Times Literary Supplement).

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This brilliant tale of absessive love was John Fowless' debut novel, and it immediately established him as a major contemporary novelist. Critics on both sides of the Atlantic were dazzled by its simplicity and power, calling it a "remarkable tour de force" ( The New Yorker) and "a haunting and memorable book" (Times Literary Supplement).

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:
9780099743712
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/21/1998
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
5.68(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.83(d)

Read an Excerpt

"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

Meet the Author

John Fowles (1926-2005) was educated at Oxford and subsequently lectured in English at universities in Greece and the UK. The success of his first novel, The Collector, published in 1963, allowed him to devote all his time to writing. His books include the internationally acclaimed and bestselling novels The Magus, The French Lieutenant's Woman, and Daniel Martin. Fowles spent the last decades of his life on the southern coast of England in the small harbor town of Lyme Regis.

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Collector 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story begins slow and unclear. Then the auther pulls the story together to create a mysterious and suspenseful journey. John Fowles shows two different points of view, one of the abductor and one of the abducted. My own opinion is the first part, the kidnapper's thoughts, is very well written and revealing. You can see into deranged man's life and thoughts. The second part, the veiw of the kidnapped, I found much less thrilling and interesting, though. The author ended the book wonderfully with generally back forth thoughts between the two main characters.
Lea3011 More than 1 year ago
I wanted to read this book, since it is mentioned so many times on the TV show and the book of Criminal Minds. It did not disappoint my expectations. It was a little hard to get into at first, but soon I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book years ago and I'm talking some 37 years ago. This book has stuck with me for years and I found it very enjoyable. Some of these older books are great! Try "Bunny Lake is missing" or "Joy in the morning" All of these books are GREAT!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fowles has created an excellent, gripping story. I couldn't put it down! Without going into great detail, I was moved to tears by the end of the book. You feel as if you are actually watching this unfold right before you.
KatieMShan More than 1 year ago
This book kept me on the edge. I don't think I have ever read a book faster. The guy in this book is not your typical crazy guy and I can't imagine the mind it took to write this, especially the way John Fowles did. INCREDIBLE BOOK!
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I finished this book a couple of days ago and I find myself thinking about this book wishing it wasn't over. It was 500 pages so it was a nice long read. I felt as if these characters where a part of my family. You won't regret your purchase!
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tension72 More than 1 year ago
Written in 1963, it still provides modern day parallels that we can relate to. Although the beginning drags and he is very unfocused, the author manages to settle in to the story eventually, providing an intriguing look into the mind of a madman and the abducted. The first part of the book follows the thoughts of the mad man. In the second part we see the thoughts of the abducted. The author goes back and forth between their thoughts afterwards and we are left with the resolution of the story. Of course, you'll have to read it to find out what that is!
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