The Collector Collector Paperback – 5 Mar 1998
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"Fischer's impatience and daring pay off. 'I promise you will want to read it more than once,' said Victoria Glendinning, and I've read it three times now, and not because I had to, but because I wanted to. Which is itself out of the ordinary." (Nicholas Lezard Guardian)
"Stranger books have seldom been written, and when they have, they've seldom been this fast-paced, this funny, or this effortlessly readable" (Detroit Free Press)
"The freshest, most fascinating novel I've read in years" (Tom Robbins)
"A work of rare enchantment which could charm a smile out of a stone" (Sunday Telegraph)
"So good I promise you will want to read it more than once" (Daily Telegraph)
To a small flat in South London comes a Sumerian bowl, but the bowl is the Collector Collector, clay with something to say, an object d'art who will offer Rosa, its owner, vast swathes of unrecorded history from the last 5000 years.See all Product description
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The bowl's present owner is the lonely Rosa who allows her friend, the calculating Nikki, to stay at hers for a while. The ensuing story of theft, prostitution, an obese angel, a kidnapped agony-aunt, more theft and several assassins is intertwined with historical tales from the bowl's vast back-catalogue, as well as a bit of mischievous shape-shifting.
Although a couple of readers felt that Fischer simply invented words to suit his purpose (you might need a dictionary at hand!), different types of effective word-play reoccur throughout the book. Despite this title not officially having an LGBT theme, there are a couple of unanticipated moments that can be counted! This was a very unusual book and, although it might take a few chapters to get into, is well worth a go.
The style is at first funny, intriguing, passes through irritating and back to intriguing again
If you want to read something unusual, that you will remember for some time - definitely worth a try