Public library Books Toute l'UE1 en fiches PACES - 2ed Chimie g multicultural literature

[[ download books ]] The CollectorAuthor John Fowles –

Oh , said a friend, taking this novel off my shelf This sounds like a boring topic for a story She thought it was a story about collecting butterflies, as that is what the title and cover suggest And I answered It is not about that at all, and it is one of the most suspenseful and scary novels I ever read But then I thought that it actually is about collecting butterflies after all One just rarely thinks of the fact that you kill them and pierce them with a needle to be able to look at their beautiful wings at your leisure instead of chasing after them flying free So the cover and title say it all, just not straightforward.I guess this book made me a strong supporter of butterflies right to fly This novel was unlike anything I ve read before and the character of Frederick will certainly leave a lasting memory I don t think there s been a character that s made my skin crawl or forced me to talk back shout at a book on so many an occasion well done Fowles I definitely think Book Readers should have this book on their shelf. I read this when I was very young Young enough that anything with a sexual connotation was interesting to me Even really perverse deviations like this A collector of butterflies collects a girl and holds her prisoner His deviation is far deeper than merely sex But of course, sex is implied all the time.There are two sorts of kept women, those gold diggers who actively sought it, and those trophy wives who had never planned for it and had been actively courted This is a trophy wife by force, not a sex slave but a wife.It s a very original story, writing at it s finest And it s creepy, very very creepy.Thanks to Loederkoningin for inspiring me to write this review.There are a lot of excellent reviews on GR about this book, but in my opinion they all give far too much away The book is like an onion The outside skin, then the world within, layer upon layer And at it s resolution, quite unexpectedly there is a tiny green shoot Every detail you know about the story or the characters will take away a layer for you 5 star read, a gold five star. This is one of those boy meets girl, chloroforms her, throws her in the back of the van and stuffs her in his basement type stories I knew that already and so I was really not expecting to be coshed on the head and chucked down in the basement as well, and tied hands and feet, and gagged, so that all I could hear was the quiet reasonable voice of working class loner Fred Clegg, aged 22, explaining how he d fallen in love from afar with the unattainable art student Miranda Grey, since he was much too shy to go up speak to her, the only way he could figure out how to meet her and get her to really see the kind of person he was a good person with proper values, not the upper class idiots she was hanging around with was to chloroform her and stuff her in his basement Normally a lowly clerk could not do any such thing, but Fred had a stroke of luck, he won the modern equivalent of 1.6 million on the football pools 1960s version of the National Lottery so he could ditch his family buy an isolated cottage with a lovely big cellar.Fred explains for 122 pages how attentive to her every whim he was, how this was the gentlest form of kidnapping ever, and aside from the initial drugging throwing in the van and the alas necessary gagging and binding from time to time otherwise she d escape, probably, as she had not yet come to see what a good person with proper values he was all she had to do was express a casual desire for Mozart quartets, caviar and Beaujolais and he would roar off in the van and get it Fred is the sweetest psycho ever The kindest and most attentive He doesn t even want to perform any kind of carnal irregularities with Miranda he thinks that sex before marriage is wrong No slurping and grunting at all Anyway, after 122 pages of this fascinating and truly awful yet completely believable reasonable you would have done the same mad droning, suddenly there s a jump cut we get 150 pages of Miranda retelling the whole story in her secret diary This is nearly the hardest part of the novel to read because Miranda turns out to be a ghastly art snob with a fixation on an old enough to be her father boho painter shagster so one is torn between being horrified at her bleak situation which increasingly looks as if it will not end well I mean, really, when a relationship starts with chloroform and basements it is has probably got off on the wrong foot and being horrified at the seething embarrassments of class and sex and posturing, pomposity and pettiness revealed in these seemingly neverending jottings This is a brilliant stroke by John Fowles and really messes with your mind As does the whole book After that things just go badly. This novel is over fifty years old , and it holds up very well It is the rudimentary skeleton that is upheld fleshed by current events, given a brain by contemporary writers ad nauseum by CSI, Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, Medium, Criminal Minds et al Though its semi predictable, the end is nonetheless terribly terrific That there are two strands of narrative is sometimes a revelation, sometimes an encumbrance like living through a terrible ordeal not once but twice Both psychological documents are wondrous to behold The Collector is a story we ve seen usurped once and again in multiple films, TV novels. Impotent sociopath kidnaps beautiful art student Told partly from the sociopath s perspective That s my jam I should have loved this book But something left me cold I suppose it may have been all the bitching and complaining the beautiful art student did in her stupid diary What a helpless twit Not to imply that I d be brave and cunning or anythingif someone kidnapped me In fact, I m pretty sure I d be a helpless twit as well But I ll be goddamned if I d expect anyone to enjoy reading the daily chronicles of what a helpless twit I d been.The ending really made me smile, though The creepy ending made it all worthwhile Crazy fucker. I am one in a row of specimens It s when I try to flutter out of line that he hates me I m meant to be dead, pinned, always the same, always beautiful He knows that part of my beauty is being alive, but it s the dead me he wants He wants me living but dead The Collector is the story of Frederick Clegg, an extremely odd and lonely man who also collects butterflies He s obsessed with a middle class art student named Miranda Grey and as he continues admiring her from a distance a plan slowly starts developing in his mind that he would like to have her like one of his butterflies He makes preparations by buying a house out in the country, purchasing assorted objects and things he knows she will need, convinced that if he can only capture her and keep her that she will slowly grow to love him.The first part of the novel was told from Frederick s point of view and it was rather alarming at his thought process In his mind, there is nothing morally wrong with what he intends to do and what he actually ends up doing He recognizes that Miranda is a human being as he takes care of her and provides her everything a human would possibly need, but she s inevitably nothing than an object or a collectible item to him He doesn t mean to harm her at first however, it s evident that as time progresses, he enjoys having power over her and almost finds humor in her attempts to escape The second part of the novel was told from Miranda s point of view through diary entries that she hides underneath her mattress She writes about G.P often, a man she met and who ended up having a huge impact on her thoughts and ideals To Miranda, G.P was everything she wanted to be and his opinions and thoughts became a set of rules for her At first I had a hard time determining the relevancy of these recollections, but it essentially just became another disturbing piece of the story to see how influential G.P and his rules really were to MirandaHe s made me believe them it s the thought of him that makes me feel guilty when I break the rules It was almost expected, however still just as shocking when it becomes glaringly obvious that Miranda slowly begins to take pity on her captor She starts feeling bad for the harsh things she says to him and she also unconsciously prevents herself from doing him excessive harm during an escape attempt as she feels that if she does she s descending to his level It was as if she had simply accepted her situation, and that was the most heartbreaking partAnd yes, he had dignity than I did then and I felt small, mean Always sneering at him, jabbing him, hating him and showing it It was funny, we sat in silence facing each other and I had a feeling I ve had once or twice before, of the most peculiar closeness to him not love or attraction or sympathy in any way But linked destiny Like being shipwrecked on an island a raft together In every way not wanting to be together But together The third and fourth parts of the novel were the most disturbing parts of the entire book Suffice it to say, it gave me goosebumps It was not the ending I had anticipated, but I still felt that the author was successful in creating the everlasting effect I believe he intended Obviously, you understand the severity of Ferdinand s actions however, not until the end do you fully understand just how abnormal he really is This was certainly not a happy book, but one that I m glad to have read and one that I will likely not forget. One of the first dark psychological thrillers at least in modern times though depending on how you categorize them, James or Poe or even some of the ancient Greeks might usefully be described this way, too A tale of obsession and art and butterflies need I say Wonderful for those who take their fiction black What s especially interesting here is the sheer banality of Frederick s evil He kidnaps Miranda, then doesn t really know what to do or how to relate to her as an actual person instead of as an object. Fredrick is a clerk and butterfly collector who wins some money that lets him retire Fredrick is lonely and has trouble getting along with others, the only people he really has are his aunt and cousin He watches an art student named Miranda who starts to become his obsession When he suddenly has a lot of free time and money on his hands, his daydreams about Miranda turn dark and he plans to kidnap her and hold her hostage in the cellar of an old cottage he buys until she gets to know him and falls in love with him.I really enjoyed the book personally, I liked the writing style and even though its about something macabre Fowles doesn t make it exploitative or gore y to shock the reader A lot of the focus is on the characters change and development as well as their thought process through out I think it s really well done, both the Fredrick and Miranda parts are distinct and feel like two separate people Everything unfolding the way it does felt so real too, the way Fredrick distances himself from what he s doing and tries to justify it, insisting he doesn t mean to do it until he does it even though everything is being meticulously planned Also Miranda s conflicted feelings over Fredrick and her slow breakdown from living confined and alone I originally read this book because I was listening to last podcast on the left which I recommend to anyone who likes cults or serial killers but isn t sensitive to jokes that may be considered offensive and they mention Leonard Lake being obsessed with the book I checked and there are multiple murders associated with the book and so I just wanted to see what about this book was causing all these people to feel like yes killing is great Anyways the only thing I can come up with is that since the book was published in the 1960s there wasn t as much about sadistic killers or people doing crimes like these out there so it appealed to them and Fowles does such a good job capturing a certain kind of personality in Fredrick that people really identified with it It also gave them a good model of how to escalate to the point of doing things like kidnapping and murdering because really in the book Fredrick just starts off by dreaming about it and it goes from there That s all I ve got because view spoiler Fredrick never really hurts Miranda or forces her to do anything especially at first, he kind of just likes having her hide spoiler 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