To a small flat in South London comes a Sumerian bowl: but the bowl is the Collector Collector, clay with something to say, an object d'art who will offer Rosa, its owner, vast swathes of unrecorded history from the last 5, 000 years.
Meanwhile, Rosa tries to centre her life and settle the disturbances caused by an uninvited guest, Nikki. 1001 Nights meets the inner city, The Collector Collector is a comic masterpiece and unquestionably the finest novel ever narrated by a bowl.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 05/03/1998
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099268192
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Review by dylanwolf
You don't often read a book which gives the illusion that the author gave up on it, then published it anyway, but The Collector Collector is one such. The narrator is a shape-shifting, telepathic, strictly cynical and ironic vase apparently with an obsessive-compulsive disorder and autistic savant abilities. But this possibly intriguing deceit is soon subsumed by a tiresome relationship between kleptomaniac NIcki and her house-host, naive lovesick Rosa. The book is a mess of disconnected stories told by the vase and the interplay of soulless right-wing characters.