The Collector Author:John Fowles Withdrawn, uneducated and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs. He is obsessed with a beautiful stranger, the art student Miranda. When he wins the pools he buys a remote Sussex house and calmly abducts Miranda, believing she will grow to love him in time. Alone and desperate, Miranda must struggle to overcome her own pr... more »ejudices and contempt if she is understand her captor, and so gain her freedom.
Fowles's first published book is a compact thriller related in turn by each of the two characters -- a lower-class fellow who captures a pretty art student and holds her captive in a basement in the hope that she will eventually grow to know and love him, and his victim. Although it can be read as a mere thriller, the narrative encourages the reader to meditate on the differences between the privileged and elite (not only in terms of class and economics, but native talent and ability) and the masses, and what each may owe or offer to the other.
John Fowles has outstanding narrative techniques and unique view of life. This well-known book, "The Collector" brings together two totally different world-views and unique elements in many ways. Thus, this book has the aim of providing a general analysis of the Fowlesian art, covering different themes and topics, as well as writing techniques. As most of the authors, Fowles also puts himself in his books in different ways, like dreams, concerns and emotions.« less