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The Collector (Vintage Classics) New Ed , Versión Kindle
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|Longitud: 322 páginas||Word Wise: Activado||Tipografía mejorada: Activado|
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My only complaint is that the book could have been shorter by cutting the endless ranting about G.P. I know, I get it, it serves as very important character development for Emma and to give the reader further insight as to her behavior in relationship to "Caliban," but after like one hundred pages of it I literally sighed and wanted to punch G.P. in his huge nose.
Otherwise, the development of both characters is excellent. Emma's part is of profound importance in thoroughly painting (no pun intended) Frederick, and by the fourth chapter you get an outstanding picture of who these two people are.
I was worried that this book might have just been a lot of hype on the coattails of the Charles Ng and Leonard Lake case, but it really is a powerfully sad novel that stands on its own merits.
The story starts with a lonely man Frederick Clegg that has come by with a large sum of money and now he can buy anything he wants. But Clegg is so damaged and different he longs for Miranda a young and beautiful art student. He watches her, he loves her in his weird way. All he wants is for her to love him. He plans for her and builds the perfect place for her.
Then he waits for the right time to take her for his own. He lures her to his van and he chloroforms her and kidnaps her.
The story is about how he wants to control her, but at first he does not want to hurt her. He wants to love her and he wants her to love him.
Miranda does everything she can to make him let her go. But, she makes one mistake and Frederick's feeling for her change. He no longer believes her or will help her as much.
The story begins with Clegg’s perspective, and then switches a third of the way through to Miranda’s diary entries, allowing considerable insight into both characters. In many ways they are opposites: where Miranda has a vibrant zest for life and a passion for creating beauty, Clegg is consumed by a desire to capture and possess the beauty that has always been absent from his life.
It’s an interesting character study. And while Fowles never makes excuses for Clegg’s actions, he carefully presents him as a human rather than a monster. I was fascinated (and not really surprised) to learn that several serial killers and kidnappers have referenced The Collector as the inspiration and justification for their crimes.
My problems with the book have little to do with the book itself and more to do with what I have been conditioned to expect from psychological thrillers. It’s hard reading a book that was ahead of its time or the first of its kind when you’re already so familiar with what the genre has become. Fowles’ story may have been inventive and shocking when it was published, but approaching it decades later, I found the plot to be rather predictable and diluted. Again, this is one of those situations where “it’s not you (the book), it’s me.”
Ultimately, I’m glad to have read The Collector to understand and appreciate its influence on the genre.
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