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4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and creepy..., 28 Feb. 2007
This review is from: The Collector (Vintage Classics) (Paperback)
This is a frightening and haunting portrayal of a lonely and isolated man, Ferdinand, who becomes caught up in his obsession with the young and beautiful Miranda, eventually kidnapping her and keeping her imprisoned in the basement of his house. While the book deals with some disturbing psychological issues, it is no doubt beautifully crafted and an excellent novel. One which left me almost breatless as i could not put it down until i had read to the very end.

The book however, is more than just a psychological thriller, Fowles manages to deal with the subject of kidnapping almost sensitively and we become immersed in the lives of both characters. The reader almost sympathises with the character Ferdinand who wishes no real harm to come to Miranda but has no other means by which he feels he can communicate with her and so turns to the desperate measure of imprisoning her in an attempt to befriend her.

The Collector is also a great literary novel with the use of the names Ferdinand and Miranda taken from Shakespeare's The Tempest, as well as other well placed references. The use of metaphor also runs deep in this novel, most obviously, with the meanings of the term 'the collector', in which Ferdinand collects both butterflies and Miranda.

Overall, i found this to be a really great read, sometimes disturbing and upsetting but no less worthwhile. Highly recommended.
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