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From now on, he is taken care of by Aunt Annie. A remarkable example of helicopter parenting, of the prig sort, and lives with his resentful disabled cousin.
Apt combination for a decent, lasting guilt trip. Later on, Fred comes to work some time as a clerk in the Town Hall Annexe. Fred wins out a formidable sum of money in the football pools. Then, Fred quits his job and is able to indulge in any of his whims and fantasies. He decides to buy a country house, one hour from London. Then in turn to adbuct Miranda and keep her captive in the cellar until Miranda grows fond of Fred. The book is divided in 4 parts, mostly 2 sections : the narrative from Fred on the one hand, Miranda’s diary on the other hand.
Fred I found compelling the way John Fowles designed Fred’s personality. A general, cursory portrayal could be : grandiose but outwardly polite, mildly quaint, meek, subdued even. For starters, he is a nostalgic, or better, he seems to be stuck, in the past or somewhere else.
Also, from the beginning he is intending to keep past events under constant check. Fred holds very clear-cut, sharp opinions on people, some of whom you should dispose of. A natural-born voyeur, he likes photography and enjoys some occasional smut, that is, when it is unnoticed by Aunt Annie. Clinical, judgmental, Fred thinks lowly of everyone ; he looks down on lots of fellow humans and coworkers which, by the way, he does not consider he belongs to.
Yet, these are not the most alarming traits and behaviour Fred harbours, miles from it. They have yet to surface. Self-deceiving, looking for reasons, pretending and telling himself stories, rationalizing and never doubting he can tell the right from the wrong. You can’t figure out Fred, he hardly can himself. Dismissive, Fred is not taking responsibility for any of his acts, and his narrative feels off from the beginning, as though he was describing another man’s life. In his own words : ‘As they say ; I was only like it that night ; I am not the sort.
Finally, the way Fred winds up overtly self-centered even more as you could think of a adbuctor is sheerly unnerving and hateful. His very idiosyncratic use of the English language all along is only reinforcing this increasing hostility you feel in the guts towards the lowly bastard. Finally, along with his particular upbringing, a belief in sheer luck and blind patterns is lying at the core of his worldview and conveniently makes him what he is. There’s nothing. Miranda The Collector proves also to be a story of power dynamics between captor and captive, when Miranda thinks up many tricks and ways to establish a sort of foothold on his captor.
Actually, for the most part, she seems to be the one setting the pace! Soon enough, a nasty little game ensues, with nasty little rules, provisos, promises from both parts. A nasty piece of make-belief from both.
I found Miranda’s standpoint to be a convincing rendering of the wariness, the uncertainty, the strain of time, the frustration, the impatience to live, also the fascination that are likely to be part of such a ghastly predicament. She has some fancy, irritating sentences closing entries in her diary.
And also considers her fate at some point as martyrdom for the cause, for the artists, for the Few. For all her principles and eduction, she still has difficulties trying not to treat people as part of a class, or compare them as if sheer abstract types. At some point, she also misses Fred when he doesn’t come, out of deprivation of human contact. All of the above make her a particularly convincing character.
As someone who writes a diary to keep track of events and personal states, if there had been any disbelief lingering around, I have been specially willing to suspend it! Two renditions Indeed you can see you are bound to have two conflicting accounts on the gruesome events. It becomes keenly startling when you set to compare them with one another.
First off, Miranda freely admits she embellishes things she have said or done. She is openly putting an act to herself in her diary, sometimes, somewhat.
Only, in her case, it is avowed, contradictory, changing, she questions her shortcomings, some questionable decisions she made in the past. Whether she can live up to her principles and survive. Also, she drawing comparisons with characters from The Tempest by Shakespeare, from Emma, from other novels by Jane Austen Somehow trying to keep alive her capacity for wonder?
Her memories involve G. Opiniated, judgmental, outspoken, brazen, he seemed to me a manipulative, authoritarian old man. At the same time, Miranda expresses ideas about what an art should be. She is also expressing jealousy towards him for having a complicated sexual life So there is jealousy, and also a kind of guilt-trip involved here. Isn’t G. However, for all he is, G. He teaches her something about the deep nature of love and human relationships. It may amount to a consistent explanation as to why Mirand tries to have her way in nearly every way possible with Fred: coercition, persuasion, violence, sympathy, lameducking that is, exerting herself to be kind with him.
It does explain some of her contradictory thoughts about her using disloyal methods and violence towards the madman. And why I found the whole attrition and the way it ends particularly horrid In the end, I hold this book as both an absorbing novel about alienation and a fairly impressive story about story-telling. View all 13 comments. I bought this book at some point, I don’t remember buying it.
It kept falling off of the pile of mass-market books I have precariously piled up in front of some other books on one of my bookshelves. After maybe the hundredth time picking this book up and putting it back on the top of that pile I thought, maybe I should just read it instead of just picking it up ever couple of weeks.
The particular edition I read was the third Dell printing, from May I don’t know if the book had the same co I bought this book at some point, I don’t remember buying it. I don’t know if the book had the same cover on earlier Dell editions.
Goodreads says this edition is from I think. By this particular type of cover had gone a bit out of style. It looks lurid. A bound woman has her arms around a man on top of her. There is a feeling of lust about to be satiated. Explosive Chilling, shocking Evil You’ll be shocked It will be difficult to find this book shocking today.
The most shocking thing was maybe how many little details Thomas Harris might have taken from the book to make up Silence of the Lambs. In the years since this book has come out it’s hard to find the story of a stand-offish type who kidnaps a girl and keeps her in his cellar, showers her with gifts and gives her everything she wants except for her freedom as all that evil.
Somewhat evil. Like an Eichmann in the pantheon of guys who do fucked up things to other people. A banal version of a Ted Bundy or a Jeffrey Dahmer. You can’t blame the book though that we’ve become a whole lot more fucked up as a society since the words in this book were penned.
Even when the blurbs that decorate this book were written Charlie Manson hadn’t yet heard Paul McCarthy screech about riding on a slide. Ted, Just Admit it. I can’t adequately put myself in the position of a reader in the early s to see this as particularly sinister or shocking. As an expose of evil, or a thriller or whatever you would want to call this type of book I think it fails. The villain, a mild-mannered loser of sorts who doesn’t fit in anywhere wins the lottery.
With his new found wealth he buys a house in Thomas Hardy’s neck of the woods and fortifies the house as a prison for the object of his affections; a young art student who he has developed a fascination with. So he kidnaps her and keeps her prisoner.
He wants nothing from her except that she be his. No sex or even really her love, just her presence. In his basement. In the room hidden behind some fake shelving. The first half of the book is his story. The second half the diary she keeps while his prisoner. The big problem I have with the book is that he never comes alive, and I think this is sort of the point of the book. He’s a dead character, he’s the Petite bourgeoisie , the lifeless masses of restrained ‘good taste’.
The collectors of things who never really live. His whole character is a thing rather than a person. It made what he does seem fucked up, but not evil.
He’s so devoid of any kind of passion or deviancy that he’s more just a pathetic loser that comes across as having possibly eaten a few too many chips of lead paint as a child. I felt the main section of this book is Miranda’s diary.
The device of getting to see the situation from her point of view could have been used quite well to counteract the way that the first person narration of her capture and imprisonment had been shown.
If this had been done, it would have been a different book entirely, and it’s not really fair to whine that a book doesn’t do what you want, so I’m hoping it doesn’t sound like I’m doing that. It could have been an interesting way to juxtapose the narrative, that’s all I’m saying. Instead her diary turns into mostly an account of her friendship with an older artist who she was both fascinated and repelled by for his unconventional views on art and life.
These two figures in her life, her mentor of sorts and her jailer are pitted against one another in the way the world works. Two extremes, the one the unconventional artistic view and the other the so overly restrained ‘normal’ world that has kept itself wrapped up so tight in it’s own neuroses that it results in her captor.
Instead of what the ‘s marketing team of Dell made up the book to be, it’s really just another novel about a young person wanting to break free from the confines of polite society. Just in this case it’s a more literal escape she is looking for. Seen in this light, the novel is ok, but it didn’t really do that much for me either.
It seems too much like a less pedantic version of a DH Lawrence novel, complete with the priggish hero of individuality–but with a kidnapping. I might have enjoyed this book more at a different time in my life. Currently, I’m a little impatient with the young artist who sees the world as it really genre, never mind the glorification of the asshole artist as exemplar of how to live not that I think Fowles is doing that here, kind of doing it, but not really doing it, it’s more like he’s doing it in the contrasting between the two extremes he has created in the two main male characters of the book.
I think for the contemporary reader this fails as a shocking novel, and for a novel about ‘authentic’ living it would be better to just go read some Lawrence or Hesse if this is your kind of thing. Jun 24, CC rated it it was amazing Shelves: classics , bbs-challenge , damaged , thriller-suspense-mystery , darkish-to-depths-of-hell.
Frederick Clegg is a simple man who led a lonely life. Working as a town clerk, Frederick tries to make friends, but his oddities prevent any real connections. Her life seems to be bright and full of potential until she encounters Frederick. Waking bound and gagged in a cellar, her life drastically changes.
To her credit, Miranda is determined to take steps necessary to survive. Not his. Not selfishness and brutality and shame and resentment. However, his need to keep Miranda overrides any sense of morals as he provides everything she wants given she remains his possession. At first, she seems snobbish and demanding, and in some ways she is, but she is resolute about doing what she must to ultimately escape. Reading about her coping mechanisms is compelling, along with her ideas of beauty, love, violence and art which make broader statements about the state of society at that time yet still relevant today.
The way Frederick treats Miranda is perverse in certain ways, being a butterfly collector by hobby, she becomes his prized aberrational specimen. Though he believes he wants unconditional acceptance, it becomes clear what Frederick wants.
Ultimately, the truth about Frederick is revealed leaving a lasting impression. In this novel, the dynamic between captor and captive is deeply complex. The dichotomy between creating worlds to justify reality was also fascinating and the author used these elements with exacting precision.
And, the character references to The Tempest are skillfully apt. The Collector is a book that resonates long after reading the last word. A psychological thriller in genre, and perhaps one of the earliest of its kind, it delves into the minds of its characters and offers brutal honesty even when the reader is hoping for an alternative reality. I highly recommend! Jul 16, Kelly and the Book Boar rated it liked it Shelves: liburrrrrry-book , crunken-love , creepy-books , nutters , mc-i-love-but-am-supposed-to-hate , read-in The theme has become a fairly common one.
And it tends to be a winner for me — the most recent example I can think of being The Butterfly Garden. Unfortunately it can all be blamed on Miranda. Yeah, she was the worst. I would have never been interested in her viewpoint to begin with, but to make her an insufferable asshole was just the icing on the cake. The magic in The Collector is held by Frederick alone — changing the narrator for the middle portion of the story made the wheels fall off a bit for me.
That ending saved things, though. They give me the load of total creep and nightmare. Even though I couldn’t help but kept reading when it is about them, yeah you can say I want to face my fear? Well my answer is it has something more then just my fear. My alarm clock started blaring. I reached over to turn it off. My hand bump Oh Sweet Jesus Christ!!! My hand bumped into something. Slowly, I opened my eyes, tried to make my vision adjust.
There was a doll on my nightstand. A doll that looked an awful lot like Beryl. So that’s how there grandma warned them. The story immediately go straight to the point and from the first chapter it just hooked me up and I just couldn’t put it down.
This book to me was so addictive that I had to finish it in just one seating as if I got no choice. The truth is I didn’t want to out the book down until I dinish it Josie didn’t like her new school as no one wants to be friend with her but Venessa.
That weird girl seems very nice to her and soon they became best friend. Venessa has her aunt to make her tiffin for her school but nobody else. As Josie’s little sister Anna too made friendship with a girl named Carol, Carol who got a weird characteristics about her too.
So when the Venessa invites Anna and Josie both they surpeised at the propose. But eventually they went with her and it was in the back yard of their grandma’s house in to deep woods. It was creepy and unnatural environment in Venessa’s house and the most frightening thing was when Venessa gift a creepy looking doll to Anna.
Well the game just started from there at the very spot and who was Beryl actually? The name that mentioned by their granma but Josie’s mom told them it’s all bogus story. But there’s more to that story not believe it’s fake. Terrible truth is waiting for them to reveal and Josie’s sister in danger too.
So, what should Josie do to keep Anna ok or alive? Full Sep 23, Autumn rated it really liked it Shelves: I saw this book at my kid’s book fair and the cover just called to me. This is a good book for the middle grader maybe from 5th on up. The plot wasn’t very long and it was straight to the point. Josie and her sister have to move in and help their mom out with their grandma. Though it seems their grandmother is sick and swears that something is out in the woods.
There are rules to follow and you better follow them for Beryl will get you. Also, what do dolls have to do with this story?
You gotta r I saw this book at my kid’s book fair and the cover just called to me. You gotta read it to find out. Josie, of course, wants to go back home that is until she makes a friend named Vanessa. Vanessa, it seems though seems very mysterious and it isn’t until towards the end we find out why she is the way she is. It will take a simple task to the break the curse that is within the woods and at the house of Beryl. I will say I was curious on the writing that was left on Josie’s locker but I do have a feeling that it might be from a certain character that couldn’t speak out in fear of Beryl.
When you read the book you will understand. I am not sure if my son would like the book because it has to do with dolls but I may try it out on him. It isn’t scary but it does have a creepy factor to it.
View 2 comments. Nov 13, Kim Friant rated it really liked it. I was seriously creeped out during the whole thing! And I was very impressed with the unique story, I felt like I was reading something new.
Beryl is a terrifying villain! I could totally see her in my head and she scared me. I did feel like some loose ends were left and that keeps me from giving it 5 stars. Then again, any future children of mine will be weird enough to start out with scary books so what do I know! I think this is a great read for anyone who likes creepy stories! Oct 26, Robbie Myles rated it really liked it. Young Josie moves away from her hometown of Chicago and into the home of her Grandma Jeannie with mom and sister, Anna.
What they thought would be a quaint place to start fresh turns into their own personal nightmare. One full of evil dolls, and an ancient spirit living deep in the woods that is trying to claw her way back to the surface of life and regain the power she once had. This book was such a pleasant surprise and had scenes that seriously creeped me to my core. I’ll always have a soft s Young Josie moves away from her hometown of Chicago and into the home of her Grandma Jeannie with mom and sister, Anna.
I’ll always have a soft spot for doll horror, and K. Alexander did a phenomenal job of not only creeping me out, but creating the scares for a middle grade audience! Strong recommend and 4 stars from me!
Jun 05, Landa rated it liked it. I liked the plot, it was unique, ish. But when I reached the end it was obviously quite rushed by the author to finish it. It was getting cheesier and cheesier. I finally finished it, but the author could have done a much better ending Sep 17, Dawn Meyer rated it really liked it. This book, although aimed for younger readers, kept me intrigued. Even though I did see some things coming, I was still invested to see what was going to be done.
Very satisfying. Nov 17, Jayden rated it it was amazing. It was creepy but i liked it. This was a very quick read, with some of the chapters being only 1 page long which made it easy to get hooked. The story is simple just follow the rules and you will be fine, you know the 3 simple rules.
Simple right?! Welllllllllll, where would the story if not one or more of these rules were broken! Nowhere that is where! Josie and Anna are being made to move from Chicago right into the sticks of nowh This was a very quick read, with some of the chapters being only 1 page long which made it easy to get hooked.
Josie and Anna are being made to move from Chicago right into the sticks of nowhere. When Vanessa comes along it is like sunshine for Josie, she can have a real friend here, even though something feels slightly off with the most popular girl in the school. However, when she goes home at night, she can hear something in the woods! But what is that! Anna and she has a DOLL!! I mean what will go wrong?
When we are first introduced to the dolls and they are all facing the walls, that did unsettle me. Not sure what is worse having the dolls look at me or not! Plenty of nightmares to keep Josie up at night, and for some reason, they all lead her to one place.
The discovery of the dolls was a nice little twist, but thinking back to one scene where a doll is thrown out the window…. That detail may have made this story a whole lot scarier but I appreciate I am not the age bracket, by over a good 20 years, that they are aiming for.
There is another book in the series which picks up 5 years later, and with the ending we were left with, I will read it because I want to know what is going to happen next! This was a surprisingly creepy book, for being middle grade level. The imagery surrounding the dolls, particularly in the dream sequences, did NOT hold back. One scene even acted as a bit of jump scare, if you can believe that for a written story. The characters and relationships, for being a short book, were rather solid, and I felt like the kids behaved realistically despite this being one of those “enigmatic rules get broken” horror stories.
The rules are basically as follows: Don’t go into th This was a surprisingly creepy book, for being middle grade level. The rules are basically as follows: Don’t go into the creepy house behind grandma’s house, Don’t bring in any dolls, and Don’t open windows at night.
These are all the kind of rules that you would think would be very easy to follow, but–because it’s a horror story–all of them must get broken. Considering how the main character is a young tween girl who just moved into town, her primary motivation for breaking them is the fear of embarrassment and the desire to make a new friend, which is sadly realistic despite how bizarre the situation she finds herself in is.
The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the ending. No spoilers, but it felt oddly rushed and anti-climactic. It’s still a good read, but it was a little disappointing. In conclusion, it’s a creepy, fun read despite a weak ending.
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I am a teacher. Some people collect stamps. Some people collect coins. Some people collect art. And Jerome? Jerome reaeing words. Reynolds, Jerome discovers the magic of the words all around him—short and sweet words, two-syllable treats, and even multisyllable words that sound like little songs.
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