Review: The Collector by John Fowles

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’.

Take a peek: Pattinase’s ‘Friday’s Forgotten Books’.       


  • At 2009.09.11 15:13, Steph said:

    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! 😉

    • At 2009.09.11 17:13, Beth F said:

      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.

      • At 2009.09.11 19:23, Lisa said:

        Wait–the guy who wrote The French Lieutenant’s Woman wrote the forerunner of psycho-thrillers? How is that even possible?

        • At 2009.09.11 20:13, Diane said:

          The Collector was creepy but good!!!!!

          • At 2009.09.12 19:47, bybee said:

            Yeah, he was ahead of his time.

            • At 2009.09.14 07:17, gnoegnoe said:

              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! :))

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