Comments: 5
Casual Debris 5 years ago
I enjoyed this book, but I do agree that the middle section is over-long. What I believe Fowles was intending was to depict Miranda as a mirror to Clegg. While Clegg pins the butterflies to examine them, Miranda pins humans for (metaphorical) dissection, so on one level she is as much of a collector as he, and as much a sociopath.
Char's Horror Corner 5 years ago
*SPOILER-Y RESPONSE To Casual Debris!* READ NO FURTHER IF YOU WANT TO AVOID SPOILERS*


I see what you're saying, CD, and I agree that that does seem to be what he intended. However, the way in which he went about it slowed everything down too much for my taste. Also, I'm not sure that Miranda ended up coming across as a sociopath, at least not to me. She seemed, at times, to be the exact opposite of Clegg-where he was dead and had no real feeling, she was too passionate, too eager to learn, too much...of everything. Does that make sense to you?
BrokenTune 5 years ago
Great review. :) Are you checking out his other books?
Char's Horror Corner 5 years ago
Thank you!
I have The Magus already lined up. I have to do a beta read first and then that will be next. I very much enjoyed his style of writing.
Casual Debris 5 years ago
I absolutely agree, and think that the emotional disparity simply helps to universalize the idea that we are collectors of some kind in the way we examine the world around us. Regardless, the book without questions lulls a little in the middle, which is unfortunate because otherwise it is a strong work. I read & reviewed the novel about two years ago, but still feel I can discuss it, whereas many other books read at the time are easily forgotten.