The Interpretation of Murder (Large Print) Unknown Binding – 2007
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This book is a work of fiction, but there are some historical truths. Freud did indeed make his one and only visit to New York in 1909, along with Jung. His biographers have long puzzled over the trauma that must have happened there as he refused to speak about it and in fact labelled Americans `savages'.
The story begins with Freud's arrival in New York, the very next morning a beautiful heiress is found bound and strangled in her apartment. The following night another, Nora Acton is discovered bound and wounded, but still alive. The attack has left her unable to speak or remember anything about her ordeal. Freud and a young American, Stratham Younger are enlisted to help Nora Action recover her memory in order to catch the killer.
Being a thriller, the story has numerous twists and turns and, of course, the obligatory twist at the end. However, along the way it beautifully blends fact and fiction, psychoanalytical theory and a vibrant picture of New York society and history.Read more ›
I have to say that Caleb Carr did this sort of thing far,far, better in The Alienist,where he manages to work both period detail and a brief history of psychology fairly seamlessly into a far better narrative.Given that both books are set in New York in similar periods and with similar protaganists I would certainly recommend Carr's book over this one any day.
Another triumph of marketing over talent I'm afraid,but reasonably diverting nevertheless,although I wouldn't really recommend it.
Set in New York City during the early 1900's, this book involves Sigmund Freud and his revolutionary psychoanalysis movement, bringing the reader not only suspense but also food for thought.
The author has clearly performed meticulous research on the novel. There are many historical details of New York City, involving not only major architectural changes such as sky scrapers and suspension bridges, but also the goings on in high society, and the poor living and working conditions of the less fortunate. Also impressive is his knowledge of psychoanalysis, which he successfully breaks down into basics, educating the reader in the process.
However, I found the unraveling of the plot a little too farfetched. Furthermore, I believe the characters are not well enough developed; even though this book is full of psychological theories, the characters remain flat as a board. I would therefore not call this a psychological thriller, but a crime novel with psychological aspects.
Also I found Rubenfeld's description of the scenes a little poor. He focuses mainly on what can be seen or heard, but he hardly describes how the characters feel, what they smell, etc., making this more an account of events, herein failing to bring the reader a sense of presence and creating distance between the story and the reader.
So my conclusion is that this book is definitely interesting enough to pick up, it is a very entertaining and educational read, though by no means is it groundbreaking or revolutionary.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author of this much-hyped 2006 historical murder mystery is the aptly-titled Robert R. Slaughter Professor of Law at Yale University who studied Freud and Shakespeare at... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dr R
This is an historical crime novel set in 1909 New York with adult themes.
I'm kind of late to the party where this book is concerned. Read more
Fascinating mix of Freud, murder, Edwardian New York and bridge building. Plot is a bit convoluted and ultimately thin. Sometimes lumpy story telling.Published 6 months ago by stormypetrol
Set during Freud's visit to New York at the start of the 20th Century, The Interpretation of Murder, presents an interesting and enjoyable tale of mystery, intrigue and murder. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Seán Óg
Excellent story with more twists and turns than Mousehole in Cornwall! I couldn't put it down.Published 8 months ago by Valerie McCormack
Great and entertaining read. The authors use of historical facts and real people even with the artistic temporal license adds so much more to a thriller that is already more... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Maluki Mwendwa
The plot has been adequately summarized in previous reviews. The psychological discourses are a distraction from the "mystery" storyline, slow the pace of the narrative... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Hermannator
Fictional recap of Freud visit to New York. Starts of as an easy read, as Rubenfeld doesn't ask much from his readers. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Adeline Fox