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The Collector by John Fowles
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Jan 07, 2012

really liked it
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Read in January, 2011 — I own a copy

I saw this in Waterstone's and thought it sounded interesting and then was told about it by one of the girls I live with. The Collector is a truly great piece of psychological and criminal fiction.

The story of a lonely man, a butterfly collector who is in love with a woman he has never met seems quite sad. But as the novel goes on you lose sympathy for him and see that under that awkward, geeky skin is a malevolent, dark and dangerous man. He constantly flicks between clam and caring, to angry and abusive making it a great read.

I also really enjoyed the structure of the novel, written in two halves so we see the same events from first Frederick's point of view and then the Miranda's. It gives us great insight into how the feel, what they think and their perceptions. For example when he thinks he is being calm and reasonable she sees him acting insanely, unhinged and dangerous.

The Collector is well worth a read; you won't be able to put it down.

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