The Editor's Pick | The Collector, John Fowles

The Editor's Pick | The Collector, John Fowles

Which writers you would think when somebody talks about the creepy fantasies? I would say John Fowles at first. And I would say this by thinking of “The Collector”.

I wanted to mention about him and that novel that will give you creeps when the Halloween is coming. I guess, perfect timing!

For the ones who have not read yet, here is just a small summary:

This is basically a weird story between Ferdinand Clegg, a lonely entomologist who is struggling to adapt to the real world because of the heavy effect of his dreams and fantasies, and Miranda Grey who is a beautiful art student and captured by Ferdinand as the missing unique item from his collection.  This novel reveals creepy facts about psychology. It is a kind of battle of minds. And you can see those minds from their own perspective with their own words in the book. My copy of the book is almost full of underlined sentences. There are amazing detections regarding life, psychology and relationships. Here is only one of them:

“And yes, he had more 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.”

 (Miranda, Page 187)

I tried to summarize without giving any spoiler. So the shorter is the better.

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I should admit that the interesting part of Fowles’ novels is the characters who usually disconnect from normal human patterns of emotion. This is sometimes stated as a kind of disturbed mindset, split personality just as in “The Collector”, but generally I find them interesting because all those patterns show the other side of human beings.

In few, to read one of John Fowles’ books in the spirit of Halloween could be good idea!

My two cents…

Mel Kadel

Mel Kadel

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