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The Collector (Vintage Classics) Paperback – 5 Feb 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics; New Ed edition (5 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099470470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099470472
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 160 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"He has a magnificent narrative gift...brilliant" (Independent)

"A brilliant, unusual theme... Short and spare and direct, an intelligent thriller with psychological and social overtones" (Sunday Times)

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Withdrawn, uneducated and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs. A chance pools win enables him to capture the art student, Miranda and keep her in the cellar of the Sussex house he has bought with the windfall. The situation is seen first from the collector's point of view: he thinks the chloroform pad no more vicious than his butterfly net, and patiently waits for the barriers of class and taste that inhibit their love to break down in the limbo of their isolation. She, the creator, desperate for her freedom, tries to be understanding but cannot banish her contempt for everything anti-life that the collector stands for.

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