Book Review: The Collector by John Fowles

The Collector

Neelam Rehman reviews John Fowles’ classic novel The Collector

The Collector by John Fowles is a must read.

I was first introduced to this book by my Theatre Studies teacher. She had a copy of the first few pages of the play, which is now really hard to find, and instantly I was gripped. I bought the book, and I have to say I found it quite intense.

Written in 1963, The Collector is the debut novel by English author John Fowles. It was adapted as a feature film of the same name in 1965 and remains a popular text with both book lovers and theatre-goers alike.

In short, the story is about Frederick Clegg, a lonely young man who falls in love with art student Miranda Grey, and kidnaps her. I don’t want to say too much on the storyline, because it’ll take away from the experience of reading the book, but it’s a definite read. I found the characters to take the story to that level of intensity. The book is split into four parts, and is told by the characters, from their point of view. I must say, that I personally didn’t like it when Miranda’s point of view was the narrative, but Fowles created this realistic story, that Miranda’s style is actually perfect for the story.

While The Collector is certainly worth a read, I found the books to be quite intense. In fact, I had to take a break at times as it gave me quite a headache but that’s part of the experience of reading this story. I definitely think Book Readers should have this book on their shelf.

4 out of 5 stars

The Collector by John Fowles is available from most good book stores.