The Collector (Contemporary Classics)
8 journalers for this copy...
"An intriguing study in warped sexuality...cunningly worked suspense." The Observer
"Extraordinary tour de fource...tension and pathos are about equally blended." The Guardian
"A brilliant unusual theme...short and spare and direct, an intelligent thriller." Sunday Times
"Withdrawn, uneducated and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs. A chance pools win enables his to capture the art student Miranda and keep her in the cellar of the Sussex house he has bought with the windfall. The situation is seen first from the collector's point of view: he thinks the chloroform pad no more vicious than his butterfly net, and patiently waits for the barriers of class and taste that inhibit their love to break down in the limbo of their isolation. She, the creator, desperate for her freedom, tries to be understanding but cannot banish her contempt for everything anti-life that the collector stands for."
A super book that has enthralled readers for decades. I'm releasing this as an international bookray. Please PM me if interested.
redhouse (U.K.) (removed self from ring)
loopy1 (U.K., post internationally)
newk (Australia, post internationally)
GlasgowGal (U.K.) ***received and reading...***
Since this is a ray, if there are no other takers, then this books final disposal will rest in the more than capable hands of GlasgowGal.
If there are any problems, or if I've just got something plain wrong, please don't hesitate to PM me.
To be sent on as soon as I recieve redhouse's address.
A good read - would be interested in seeing the film.
Passing on to Loopy1 now
Thanks for this, I look forward to reading it - good job I'm on holiday from work for two weeks!
I found it easy to get inside the heads of both main characters - interestingly, the character I ended up really disliking was G.P., who appears only obliquely.
A chilling story, difficult to put down. The inevitability of the story did not make it less shocking.
Thanks for sharing this!
Not too sure creepy books are really for me, but will let y'all know.
Many thanks and best wishes to those before me in the ray. And also to Glasgowgal who I "know" quite well (in the bookcrossing sense) who comes next.
I too did not like the second narrative as much as the first. I have decided that creepy books are not for me. That decision comes after reading this book and "The Lovely Bones" in one month.
Thanks again to all before me. Off to GlasgowGal soon. (posted 12/5/04)
Sorry to be so negative. I think that when a book gets me this worked up it must be well written. Doesn't mean I have to like it tho!
Oh and I have my doubts that chloroform would work as described in the book. A small point I know.
Thanks to you and to Mytilusgirl.
1. Paperclip – Glasgow, UK
2. Skribble – London, UK
3. Jords – Preston, UK
4. Gooner – Ely, UK
5. Gerenggat – Gateshead, UK (Europe only)
6. Tiggsybabes – Sheffield, UK
7. Agent-Amethyst - Ilkley, UK
8. Perfect-Circle – Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
9. Squirk – London, UK
10. roadrunner – Spring, TX, USA (US preferred)
Sending to paperclip
I will contact those still on the list to inform them that the book's travels have come to an end in Oxford.
However, paperclip's sister (Laura0141) has most kindly replaced this copy so the BookRay can continue.
The BookRay continues OVER HERE!!!
A very well attended Memorial Service gathered in the Chapel of Memories, and a sadder and more broken-hearted collection of bookcrossers has never been seen. The Memory of the dear departed Reading Companion was released down by the Otter Pool, with many photographs of the Chief Mourner (GlasgowGal) taken for posterity. As the Facility Flags were lowered to half mast the Book Cemetery Choir rendered a most moving version of "Ring of Bright Water" and a pod of 21 pure white otters was released into the pool.
As mentioned, the Chief Mourner was GlasgowGal, who was a tower of strength throughout the Ceremony. The Management and Staff of the Book Cemetery extend sincere condolences at this sad time. In an extraordinary coincidence, GlasgowGal was the winner of the Lucky Door Prize, which consists of a Photographic Session at the Otter Pool, with, you guesed it, the otters! Congratulations GlasgowGal!