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The Collector Collector is the third novel by British author Tibor Fischer first published in 1997, by Secker and Warburg in the UK and Henry Holt in the US. It has also been published in Canada and Germany (as Die Voyeurin)

The Collector Collector is the third novel by British author Tibor Fischer first published in 1997, by Secker and Warburg in the UK and Henry Holt in the US. It has also been published in Canada and Germany (as Die Voyeurin).

The narrator of this novel is a 30th century BC clay pot which is being appraised by a woman art expert in England. The woman thinks it is a fake, which annoys the pot. It revenges itself by revealing the woman's lurid private life, in the process giving its unflattering opinion of humanity in general. By the author of The Thought Gang.

The Collector Collector takes a conventional boy-meets-girl story and turns it into a brilliant comic romp. The hero of Tibor Fischer's tale is an antique bowl that comes into the possession of a lovelorn, young London art appraiser named Rosa. Rosa's bowl is no ordinary piece of clay, however: it is a ceramic sage, an urn of uncommon erudition that has witnessed all of history's major ons, famines, massacres, wars-and has survived more than four hundred breakages and three thousand thefts.

In The Collector Collector author Tibor Fischer has chosen to tell his story from the perspective of an erudite piece of pottery

In The Collector Collector author Tibor Fischer has chosen to tell his story from the perspective of an erudite piece of pottery.

The Collector Collector book. Rosa's bowl is no ordinary piece of clay, however: it is a ceramic sage, an urn of uncommon erudition that has witnessed all of. The Collector Collector takes a conventional boy-meets-girl story and turns it into a brilliant comic romp.

When it comes to imaging the narrative potential of an inanimate object, nothing beats Tibor Fischer’s The Collector Collector, a novel narrated by a particularly garrulous 6,000-year-old Mesopotamian ceramic bowl with a taste for clever wordplay. You think you’ve had a demonstrably hard time? the piece of tableware says to his latest owner, an antiques authenticator called Rosa with a hapless love life and the impressive ability to divine the memories of the objects she works with (a vase tickler ).

The Collector Collector : A Novel. Tibor Fischer was born in London in 1959 and educated at Cambridge. By (author) Tibor Fischer. He is the author of Don't Read This If Your're Stupid, a collection of stories, and Under the Frog, which was short-listed for the Booker Prize in 1993, the year he was named by Granta one of the "Best Young British Novelists. A highly entertaining book from a writer who is gifted with formidable imagination, soul and an admirable determination not to repeat himself—or anyone else for that matter. —The Washington Post Book World.

Tibor Fischer is a British novelist and short story writer

Tibor Fischer is a British novelist and short story writer. Fischer's parents were Hungarian basketball players, having fled Hungary in 1956.

The Collector Collector (Paperback). Tibor Fischer (author). 1001 Nights meets the inner city, The Collector Collector is a comic masterpiece and unquestionably the finest novel ever narrated by a bowl. Fischer's impatience and daring pay off. 'I promise you will want to read it more than once,' said Victoria Glendinning, and I've read it three times now, and not because I had to, but because I wanted to. Which is itself out of the ordinary.

An ancient Sumerian bowl becomes the narrator of a comic novel about a young London art appraiser, Rosa, whose appartment is gradually taken over by an uninvited houseguest, a sex-addicted kleptomaniac named Nikki. Tour.

Comments: (7)

Bluddefender
This is one of the best books ever! From the very beginning it's an amazingly entertaining piece of storytelling. It has a decidedly british tone to it.. which takes a few pages to sink into. But once that hurdle is vaulted, you're in for a nearly constant chuckle-fest for probably 90% of the rest of the book.

The protagonist's attitude, the situations, the descriptions! Ughh.. I simply loved traversing through the language play of every page. It's so quotable. So fresh. So much fun.. I bet it would be a great book to read aloud - in spite of the many breaks for extended laughter that will have to be taken.

The only reason it doesn't get a full 5 stars is because toward the end.. well, it starts to fizzle and drag. His delivery seems more rushed and dry, becoming needlessly repetitive. It's like he doesn't quite know what to do with his characters after a while.. or what the dialog should be devoted to. He does wrap the plot up in some way or another - just not with the panache available to the rest of the book.

I SO COMPLETELY recommend this book to everyone. Oh, and have a dictionary handy. The vocabulary used is quite a bit beyond most things I've read lately.
Vudojar
A funny, remarkable novel. I just hope that Tibor gets moved over to Kindle one of these days. Tibor Fischer weaves a fascinating tale about a bowl that narrates a hilarious tale about two very different women and their exploits in London. An amazing writer with a wonderful sense of style and storytelling acumen, he reminds me of Neil Gaiman with his historical insight and fabulous sense of humor. MORE TIBOR PLEASE!
I'm a Russian Occupant
I did not like this book as much as I liked The Thought Gang. Some of the characters were interesting, but some were one-dimensional, and I never got comfortable with the concept of the narrator.
Deeroman
Delightfully unusual.
Zeus Wooden
just a really great book. Tibor Fischer is brilliant.

I hate spoiling things so I am typing adequate words to fulfill the review requirement.
Wen
I enjoyed Fischer's book "The Thought Gang". A lot, actually. Unfortunately, for its first half, "The Collector Collector" did not live up to that book's standards. It lacked its narrative thrust and rollicking sense of humour. Hindsight tells me that I just wasn't getting Fischer's intent. I now see that he wrote a demented, perverted, and hyper-articulate version of "Bridget Jones' Diary", where the female protagonists are as likely to maim and murder their sexual conquests, as fall in love with them. Also, there's a professional matchmaker trapped down a well by a dissatisfied customer, and many frozen iguanas. This is all filtered through the magic-realist perspective of the main character, a 5,000-year-old bowl. Who can read minds. And change shapes. If none of this makes sense to you, I take full blame, for Fischer manages to hold it all together perfectly.
On the surface, there's much here to giggle at, and think about. But underneath all that, there's also a lot of loneliness in the book. People are constantly running from or pushing away romantic partners, for inexplicable reasons. Rosa, in whose London flat much of the action takes place, is desperate for every man she meets to fall in love with her. Contrast this with Nikki, a kleptomaniac/prostitute/houseguest, who doesn't even know what kind of happiness she wants. And then we have our narrator, the bowl, who appears to have witnessed the entirety of human history, and has an endless catalogue of human characteristics stored away, but can't speak with those around him (her?).
There's really not much story here to hang your hat on. The book is a series of quick scenes, tableaus, culled from Rosa and Nikki's everyday life interspersed with stories from the bowl's memory. I found that hard to handle at first, but got used to the style after a while. And in the end, even though I didn't enjoy it as much as "The Thought Gang", I still got a kick out of "The Collector Collector".
Lightseeker
The Collector Collector is tols from the perspective of a 5000 year old bowl that has seen it all. "People do things in front of me that they'd never dream of doing in front of their pets" informs the rather droll, articulate, somewhat cynical bowl. After revealing a few examples, we are ready to forgive the cynicism.
The title is a word play. The stories are all about the various owner/collectors of the object in question, which the bowl considers to be a string of collections of its own.
The story opens with the bowl currently in the hands of Rosa, a romantically desperate young Londoner who works for an auction agency that has acquired the piece and is estimating and appraising it, a job that falls to Rose. Rosa is a perfect fit for the task as she possesses some latent extrasensory capabilities that allow her to sense the bowls stories and experiences, which both stimulate and distract her. The primary distraction is from Nikki, her temporary roommate who is a psycho maniac slowly stealing Rosa blind behind her back.
This book is not quite up to Fischer's usual standards, and that is, I believe, a matter of a fault in construction. Fischer never seems to be sure if this is a novel or a book of short stories with a theme. As a result, the narrative exists somewhere in between and this leads to some awkwardness and disjointedness throughout the text.
That criticism notwithstanding, the book nevertheless provides considerable pleasure simple by allowing us to share once again in Fischer's somewhat skewed and cosmically comic world view. The man may not always be polished but he is always funny.
On the whole, a pleasant diversion but not even close to Fischer at his best.
The Collector Collector: A Novel download epub
British & Irish
Author: Tibor Fischer
ISBN: 080505118X
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: British & Irish
Language: English
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co; 1st edition (May 1, 1997)
Pages: 221 pages