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  • No matter the object of collecting, this thing or creature is forever dropped from the usual circle of existence and life path
  • The collector seals the beautiful, hides it from prying eyes, makes the object an artificial value, whose fate gathers dust on its owner's shelves
  • Show what he could have become and what he has become


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      Collectors kill life in all its forms. No matter the object of collecting, this thing or creature is forever dropped from the usual circle of existence and life path. The collector seals the beautiful, hides it from prying eyes, makes the object an artificial value, whose fate gathers dust on its owner’s shelves.

      THE COLLECTOR by John Fowles about a fascinating adventure in the mind of a young psychopath and criminal. Frederick decided to steal his beloved Miranda and lock her in the basement so that all his dreams and desires with her


      would come true, and they would live happily ever after. But reality did not want that, nor did the main character herself.

      Frederick is a butterfly collector. A man is completely devoid of empathy, an egoist. The egocentric person. There is no other point of view than his. He blames people for his actions. He is constantly looking for excuses.

      He is weak and pathetic. That’s how John Fowles showed this character, and that’s how I saw him. Miranda is an art historian, an artist. A man of left-wing views. I would even say radically left-wing. Not an anarchist, but for pacifism, for freedom of thought. She looks for beauty in the deep rather than in a superficial picture.

      She admires the process of art rather than the result. They are complete opposites. Frederick is attracted to her only by her superficial picture, only by what he wants to see. For him, she is one specimen of a collection. John Fowles is a master of psychological portraiture.

      The characters are described in such detail that you get the feeling that you know them personally and observe real people’s ...


      • The collector, a novel by John Fowles
      lives.

      John Fowles masterfully managed to convey the thoughts and the very essence of his character. Show his virtues and his horror.

      Show what he could have become and what he has become. Passed his nature so that this character can not leave the reader indifferent. He can evoke feelings ranging from understanding and compassion to dislike and disgust. Such a subspecies of man as he exists, and there is no getting away from it.

      Opposed to him is the girl he kidnapped. At first, the events are shown from the hero’s perspective, the way

      he perceives it all. In the second part of the book, the same story is repeated from the heroine’s point of view and, accordingly, is presented with entirely different accents, giving it even greater depth.

      The difference in their perceptions, even more, helps to make sense of the hero, gives a view and opinion from the outside. And, because the picture of what is happening, depending on the narrator, changes so much, it becomes as important as reading and the attitude towards the one who tells the story. This is a book, which consists of many meanings!




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LOGAN says :

It seems to me that this novel is for girls. Or I’m wrong?

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GEORGE adds :

I recommend reading the novel first, and then adding your opinion.

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