Withdrawn, uneducated and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs. A chance pools win enables his to capture the art student Miranda and keep her in the cellar of the Sussex house he has bought with the windfall. The situation is seen first from the collector's point of view: he thinks the chloroform pad no more vicious than his butterfly net, and patiently waits for the barriers of class and taste that inhibit their love to break down in the limbo of their isolation. She, the creator, desperate for her freedom, tries to be understanding but cannot banish her contempt for everything anti-life that the collector stands for.
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From the author of THE MAGUS, a novel first published by Jonathan Cape in 1963. A withdrawn, unloved butterfly collector wins a fortune on the football pools, and this enables him to abduct a young art student and keep her in the cellar of his newly-bought home. She tries to understand her captor but becomes repulsed by his mentality.Review:
'He has a magnificent narrative gift ... brilliant.' (The Independent)
'A brilliant, unusual theme ... Short and spare and direct, an intelligent thriller with psychological and social overtones.' (The Sunday Times)
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Book Description Vintage, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000216600
Book Description Vintage, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 009974371X