Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The collector by John Fowles

In this chilling archetypal tale of good and evil, a beautiful, idealistic young woman studying art in London is kidnapped by a startlingly ordinary young man who wants only to keep her--like the butterflies he has collected before her. James Wilby is superb as the collector, by turns angry, indignant, whining, and threatening, and the terrified, but defiant, prisoner waging war against her captor while in secret journals struggling to come to terms with her past and present.

This is a seriously creepy book! It had me appalled, repulsed and disturbingly fascinated all at once. One that will stay with you for quite some time.
You might like to watch the video of the discussion about The Collector on ABC TV's First Tuesday Book Club hosted by Jennifer Byrne.

Rating - I give this 4/5
Get this from CHRLC libraries
Reviewed by Julie @ Wendouree library

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