The Book Collector

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  • The Book Collector
  • Alice Thompson
  • English
  • 08 August 2017
  • 1784630438

About the Author: Alice Thompson

The Book Collector eBook ´ The Book ePUB ´ book kindle, collector mobile, The Book kindle, The Book CollectorThe Book Collector MOBIAlice Thompson is a Scottish novelistThompson was educated at St George s School, Edinburgh then read English at Oxford and wrote her PhD thesis on Henry James In the s she played keyboard with rock band The Woodentops She has a son and lives in Edinburgh Her novel Justine was the joint winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize She has The Book ePUB ´ also won a Creative Scotland Award in and was a Writer in Residence in Shetland.


The Book CollectorThe Book Collector eBook ´ The Book ePUB ´ book kindle, collector mobile, The Book kindle, The Book CollectorThe Book Collector MOBIAlice Thompson s new novel is a Gothic story of book collecting, mutilation and madness Violet is obsessed with the books of fairy tales her husband acquires, but her growing delusions see her confined in an asylum As she recovers and is released a terrifying series of events is unleashed.

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  1. Amalia Gavea says:

    Once I have owned a book I am longing for the next one Collecting is a creative act One of perpetual longing and desire One is never fully fulfilled Collections live in dread of satisfaction There is that brief, transitory moment of satisfaction and then it disappears like dust in the air We live to long after something, we know and accept the power of longing and desire We are under no illusion that what we want is the unobtainable Violet is a young woman living in Edwardian EnglaOnce I have owned a book I am longing for the next one Collecting is a creative act One of perpetual longing and desire One is never fully fulfilled Collections live in dread of satisfaction There is that brief, transitory moment of satisfaction and then it disappears like dust in the air We live to long after something, we know and accept the power of longing and desire We are under no illusion that what we want is the unobtainable Violet is a young woman living in Edwardian England, in an era of change However, this process has nothing to do with her She is the young wife of a dashing landowner and has just given birth to their son Suffering from severe postpartum depression, Violet becomes extremely cautious of the world around her Suspicions, doubts, the disappearance of a book of fairy tales and the presence of the nearby asylum looming over her life create cracks in her seemingly picturesque family And what happens when obsession becomes reality I want you to think of a long, dark corridor There are closed doors everywhere Each door you open hides a small portion of the story A young woman whose sanity has been snatched away, a young mother holding her baby, a book written on the finest vellum, speaking in hushed whispers It s a labyrinth of souls and there is no way outThis is the best description of this extraordinary novel by Alice ThompsonOne scene showed Elise throwing her eleven nettle shirts over her eleven brothers in The Wild Swans to transform the princes from swans back into men Violet could clearly see the youngest brother still brandishing one wing for an arm The scene from The Little Mermaid showed the mermaid, having had her tail transformed into legs by the witch, dancing with the prince, but feeling as if she were walking on the sharp edge of swords Violet could see the blood flowing from the mermaid s legs The third scene was from The Red Shoes Here the headsman was cutting off the dancer s feet imprisoned in the red shoes so that she could finally stop her relentless dancing Thompson depicts the dark nature of the most well known fairy tales in extraordinary detail and connects it to the heroine of the novel who becomes the protagonist in a tragically twisted fable Hallucinations, manipulation, depression surround Violet like demons Thompson makes use of the tropes of the Victorian Novel in all its Gothic glory but what makes The Book Collector special is the accurate depiction of the brutality and rawness of a society that bows to decorum, utterly devoid of understanding, always willing to abandon the ones in need They should either be locked away and silenced or crushed once and for all.Violet is quite the unreliable narrator She may test your limits with her way of thinking but I loved her She tries to become the angel of the house only to turn into a doubter Thompson creates a story full of darkness and disturbing images that may or may not be real And every page becomes a doorIf you don t like your books hauntingly dark, this novel may not be for you But if you proclaim yourself a Gothic soul, The Book Collector is waitingP.S.I am against trigger warnings and I never include them in my reviews We are grown up readers We don t need any kind of warnings A powerful book is powerful through raw descriptions and intricate themes The rest are trivial peevesThat night she dreamt of a naked corpse hanging in a room of dark rocks, arms and legs pulled apart in a triangle, an image from the anatomy book she had been reading The skin had been peeled off to reveal the bloodied flesh of the body, the vein, the muscles Flies hovered in the air Discarded strips of skin lay around on the floor She tried not to retch as she bent over on the floor, the hem of her dress becoming soaked in blood, her pale satin pumps now soiled red in a lacy filigree My reviews can also be found on

  2. Lotte says:

    4.25 5.With echoes of books such as The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter, this reads like a creepy fairytale esque parable about madness and one s man obsession with collecting Sometimes the writing style felt a little stilted, but other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this

  3. shakespeareandspice says:

    This book continuously makes me recall the experiences of The Yellow Wallpaper and Rebecca I liked that while just telling a very entertaining story, the book also explores some of the darker sides of both sexes It reaches beyond just the surface and digs into some very serious and deep fears.I wouldn t say Thompson has a particularly fantastic writing style but she has quite an imagination when it comes to vivid imagery Some of the scenes are actually squirm worthy, which made for an all the This book continuously makes me recall the experiences of The Yellow Wallpaper and Rebecca I liked that while just telling a very entertaining story, the book also explores some of the darker sides of both sexes It reaches beyond just the surface and digs into some very serious and deep fears.I wouldn t say Thompson has a particularly fantastic writing style but she has quite an imagination when it comes to vivid imagery Some of the scenes are actually squirm worthy, which made for an all theenjoyable read Because I don t read a lot of horror, I must admit that this was an exciting read at times.Nevertheless, I also clearly had some disappointments with the novel One of which is that while the story held me intrigued for the majority of the novel, when it was teetering on the edge of revealing its secrets, I guessed everything that was going on before the story even reached the climax So clearly in the suspense department, this novel is blatantly obvious.Secondly, I also found the author did a poor job of establishing the main character in the beginning While I can see why Archie s lack of background adds to the atmosphere, without a solid foundation of Violet s character, it took a very long time before I could actually care about her And actually, when I think about it, it s not even so much as I sympathized with her by the end,that I think I would ve sympathized with anyone in a situation like her s Some things are easier said then done, I learned.But I still stand beside my rating that I did quite like this book It has some very gruesome, dark and delicious moments as well as some very interesting themes While this book doesn t have any supernatural elements, it is definitely a horror read.Trigger warning the novel does have some scenes of torture on women

  4. Zuky the BookBum says:

    Mini review This was one of those books that I didn t do much research into before buying it I had seen it described as a classic and creepy gothic novel and that s the only convincing I needed to get it Unfortunately, this didn t live up to my expectations In the end, the cover was what I liked most about it.Personally, I found this novel was lacking something There s no doubt that it has beautiful gothic imagery and themes, and that s all well and good, but when the story doesn t flow and Mini review This was one of those books that I didn t do much research into before buying it I had seen it described as a classic and creepy gothic novel and that s the only convincing I needed to get it Unfortunately, this didn t live up to my expectations In the end, the cover was what I liked most about it.Personally, I found this novel was lacking something There s no doubt that it has beautiful gothic imagery and themes, and that s all well and good, but when the story doesn t flow and leaves you wanting , the imagery means nothing To begin with, I was really enjoying this novel and the story of Alice, her mysterious husband, and the book of fairytales I did feel the chapters were a little all over the place but that was all part of the parcel and I was excited to see where the story was going next.Unfortunately, after a while, the story became a little bit lacklustre and I found my interest in the book slipping The story was wide open, clear for you to see what was happening and what was going to happen next Now I know with gothic novels it s not about the twist and turns, it s about the atmosphere, but even that wasn t doing enough for me to fully enjoy this story It just felt that with each chapter the story was skipping important parts of the development In the end, I feel like I read a half finished novel.The scenery and characters were well developed but the story left me wanting

  5. Blair says:

    Review originally published at Nudge.From the moment nineteen year old orphan Violet meets the urbane Lord Archie Murray outside a London caf , she is swept up in a story straight out of a fairytale The only problem is, as the narrative often reminds us, she doesn t know which fairytale it is The tale of The Book Collector is a familiar one, reminiscent of both the aforementioned fairytales and the classics of gothic romance Violet quickly marries Archie, gives birth to his son Felix, and l Review originally published at Nudge.From the moment nineteen year old orphan Violet meets the urbane Lord Archie Murray outside a London caf , she is swept up in a story straight out of a fairytale The only problem is, as the narrative often reminds us, she doesn t know which fairytale it is The tale of The Book Collector is a familiar one, reminiscent of both the aforementioned fairytales and the classics of gothic romance Violet quickly marries Archie, gives birth to his son Felix, and lives contentedly, if somewhat emptily, as a wife and mother But her life unravels when she experiences a terrifying hallucination, thinking she sees insects crawling under Felix s skin, and Archie swiftly dispatches her to the local asylum When she returns, her baby is in the arms of a beautiful nanny named Clara, and her relationship with Archie seems irrevocably altered That s not all, though the narrative is punctuated by sharp and shocking episodes depicting the murder and dismemberment of young women Slowly but surely, The Book Collector piles mystery on mystery Who is the woman in the photograph Archie hides in amongst his papers Why does he keep a book of fairytales that theme again locked in his safe Most of all, how are the fates of the butchered girls tied to Violet s situation But The Book Collector is not to be mistaken for one of those controversial, twisted retellings in fact, it s curious how little it does to subvert the traditional narrative Violet questions her situation, but rarely thinks of breaking free, and is convinced of Archie s superior intellect and the legitimacy of his power over her Equally, no reader is likely to be surprised by the identity of the killer Thompson s modifications aresubtle a brutal flash of violence here, an anachronistic reference to a surrealist painting there the story is supposedly set in the Edwardian era These touches seem deliberately designed to disconcert the reader, making everything about Violet s world seem a little off kilter.This is a perfect book to inspire discussion and debate It instantly calls to mind a plethora of influences and comparisons the gothic romance of Daphne du Maurier s Rebeccathe terrifying fate of the wife inThe Yellow Wall Paperby Charlotte Perkins Gilman Angela Carter s feminist updates of fairytales Personally I found Violet too cold to inspire any sympathy, but Thompson s straightforward, no frills style feels refreshing a welcome contrast to the usual ornate lushness of gothic prose The Book Collector is an elegant reworking of an overworked genre, handled with grace and restraint I received an advance review copy of The Book Collector from Nudge I wasn t paid for this review and I was under no obligation to be anything other than honest about what I thought of the book.

  6. Rachel says:

    A delightfully creepy novella that s reminiscent of du Maurier s Rebecca, and which does a terrific job of exploring gender roles in fairy tales The writing at times is a bit simplistic and the plot rather predictable, but for the gothic and sinister atmosphere I really enjoyed reading this A delightfully creepy novella that s reminiscent of du Maurier s Rebecca, and which does a terrific job of exploring gender roles in fairy tales The writing at times is a bit simplistic and the plot rather predictable, but for the gothic and sinister atmosphere I really enjoyed reading this

  7. Mandy says:

    Loved this little book Loved everything about it So exquisitely written, so wonderfully well put together, so perfect.The main character, Violet, whilst I didn t actually like her too much, I was able to sympathise, and at times, empathize with her.Whilst now I think of Archie and Clara as being something akin to monstrous, throughout the reading of this novel, I felt that they were both rather bland characters, presumably deliberately written that way I certainly think that was how the autho Loved this little book Loved everything about it So exquisitely written, so wonderfully well put together, so perfect.The main character, Violet, whilst I didn t actually like her too much, I was able to sympathise, and at times, empathize with her.Whilst now I think of Archie and Clara as being something akin to monstrous, throughout the reading of this novel, I felt that they were both rather bland characters, presumably deliberately written that way I certainly think that was how the author wanted the reader to feel The sense of menace built throughout, but actually the book felt like a slower read, although I needed to keep reading.I slowed my pace of reading at times, because I wanted to be with this book for as long as possible.The prose was simply written, with short sentences and easy language, so it flowed so easily when I was reading Perfect, just perfect Easily one my favourites of the year

  8. Lotte says:

    I m honestly surprised to see that no one on Goodreads has rated this book less than three stars, because I thought it was not good The writing felt almost amateuristic surprisingly, because this is by no means Thompsons first novel , the characters were paper thin and the plot was predictable from start to finish I enjoyed the creepy atmosphere and the fairytale references, but I feel like it could have been so muchin the hands of a different author I doubt I would have finished th I m honestly surprised to see that no one on Goodreads has rated this book less than three stars, because I thought it was not good The writing felt almost amateuristic surprisingly, because this is by no means Thompsons first novel , the characters were paper thin and the plot was predictable from start to finish I enjoyed the creepy atmosphere and the fairytale references, but I feel like it could have been so muchin the hands of a different author I doubt I would have finished the book had it not been so short

  9. Britta Böhler says:

    Although I am not a big reader of gothic horror fiction I picked up this book because the story sounded interesting I enjoyed reading it but the genre still isn t quite for me However, for fans of weird fairy tales, or gothic thrillers this is certainly a good choice.Re read October 2018 I liked itthe second time around 3,5

  10. Nancy Oakes says:

    I ll be postingabout this book shortly, but for now, had this book been even slightlyfleshed out, it could have been really, really good in a Victorian gothic sort of way The combination of its short length with too many plot elements to cover made the book feel rushed and the story sort of squeezed together I figured things out way too early and we all know that in my case, that is not a good thing On the other hand, I love the ideas behind it, especially the concept of reality a I ll be postingabout this book shortly, but for now, had this book been even slightlyfleshed out, it could have been really, really good in a Victorian gothic sort of way The combination of its short length with too many plot elements to cover made the book feel rushed and the story sort of squeezed together I figured things out way too early and we all know that in my case, that is not a good thing On the other hand, I love the ideas behind it, especially the concept of reality as something slippery and often elusive I can see why some readers have compared it to Charlotte Perkins Gilman s The Yellow Wallpaper But as I said,soon