I was recently invited to write a guest review for Pattinase’s blog feature ‘Friday’s Forgotten Books’. I selected John Fowles’s 1963 debut novel The Collector. If you’ve never read this novel, it really is a forgotten classic–maybe even a forerunner of the psycho-thriller genre– but often overshadowed by Fowles’s later novel ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’.
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I haven’t read any Fowles, but I do have the overshadowing “French Lt’s Woman” on the shelf… your review reminded me that I should probably read it one of these days! 😉
I’ll go take a peek. But let me say that I read everything Fowles published (I think), waaaaay back in the dark ages of the middle to late 1970s. I really loved his writing. I should take a look and see if I missed anything. I haven’t thought of Fowles in long time.
Wait–the guy who wrote The French Lieutenant’s Woman wrote the forerunner of psycho-thrillers? How is that even possible?
The Collector was creepy but good!!!!!
Yeah, he was ahead of his time.
Dare I say it? Not really, but I will anyway 😉 I hated The Collector! Unfortunately I would have to dig deeply into my memory to tell you why exactly… I just remember I didn’t find it believable at all and that annoyed me.
I did like The French Lieutenant’s Woman though — of course it helped a lot that I listened to an unabridged audio version, read by Jeremy Irons! :))