The Collector by John Fowles


The Collector


Synopsis:

Withdrawn, uneducated and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs. He is obsessed with a beautiful stranger, the art student Miranda. When he wins the pools he buys a remote Sussex house and calmly abducts Miranda, believing she will grow to love him in time. Alone and desperate, Miranda must struggle to overcome her own prejudices and contempt if she is understand her captor, and so gain her freedom.

Review:

The Collector started off good, but eventually became rather tedious. I guessed how it would end rather early as there really was only one or two ways I thought it would. Before reading it I read some reviews that indicated there was a shocking twist at the end so even when I grew bored with the story I kept reading to see the twist. Well, it wasn't a twist. It wasn't a surprise. It was what I expected would happen. I don't why anyone would be shocked by the ending, but apparently some people were. I mean the ending is what I figured would happen from the very beginning.

Anyways, the story starts off from Federick's point of view. I was really enjoying the story at first, seeing how he thought about everything and how the kidnapping came about, but then it got a bit tedious. I was just like alright, I get it, you have Miranda and are happy to have her and will do anything for her (except let her go). She seems to be a terrible to you, always talking down to you and being mean and such, but you just keep going along with it. I just started to get tired of his voice and reading his thoughts on the whole thing.

Then I thought thank you, something different when I got to the second part. The second part is from Miranda's point of view, her journal that she wrote while being held captive. At first I was interested again, but I very quickly grew bored of her point of view. I didn't care about her going on about G.P. and her life before being kidnapped. I just wanted it to be over. It was way worse than the first part for me and by the end I was just glad to be done with it. I started skimming just so I could get through it and see what the twist at the end was. I didn't care about Miranda. If she lived or died I didn't care. She seemed kind of awful and not very smart so...I was doubly disappointed when there was no twist, when it was just how I figured the book would end.

Overall it started off interesting, but I quickly grew bored by the story and wanted it to be over.

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