The Collector (John Fowles)

The Collector tells the story of Frederick Clegg, an introverted and socially awkward man who becomes infatuated with Miranda Grey, an art student. He kidnaps her and holds her captive in his basement, hoping to win her affection. The novel explores the power dynamics and psychological complexities between captor and captive.

Author: John Fowles
Year of publication: 1963
Pages: 305





Plot Complexity: moderate
Language Complexity: moderate
Ideas Complexity: moderate

The Collector by John Fowles can be categorized under the Green Label in terms of language, ideas, and plot complexity. The novel employs a moderately complex language, with a good balance between simplicity and intricacy. The plot revolves around the abduction of an art student by a man obsessed with collecting beautiful things. The plot contains psychological complexities and explores power dynamics. Overall, it presents a thought-provoking narrative suitable for readers with a B2(/C1) CEFR level of language proficiency.


Withdrawn, uneducated and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs.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. Alone and desperate, Miranda must struggle to overcome her own prejudices and contempt if she is understand her captor, and so gain her freedom.


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