In Jed Rubenfeld’s novel “The Interpretation of Murder,” Sigmund Freud arrives in New York City in and admires the skyscrapers. THIS much-hyped debut novel, a historical thriller by Jed Rubenfeld, “The Interpretation of Murder” takes as its subjects Sigmund Freud’s. This first novel by legal academic Jed Rubenfeld represents an act of will on the part of its author. Rubenfeld, a professor of constitutional and.

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The following night, another beautiful heiress, Nora Acton, is discovered tied to a chandelier in her parents’ home, viciously wounded and unable to speak murrder to recall her ordeal.

And the book is remarkably sexist There were quite a few things I liked about this book. Stay in Touch Sign up. Sep 11, Saleh MoonWalker rated it liked it Shelves: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It was an obvious copy of a great book.

Thus nature dangles happiness and meaning before us all, insisting only that we choose between them. I wanted to read this book originally because it was rhbenfeld work of fiction based on real events.

Although I read the whole novel, it was a struggle and I didn’t really care who was apparently murdering young women by the end. Younger alone, but by building in the larger cast of characters, each with their own parts to play, the story takes on added dimensions that really incite the reader to turn pages. Trivia About The Interpretatio Aug interpretationn, Coy rated it did not like it Recommended to Coy by: Then a sinister series of anonymous letters threatens to ruin Freud’s reputation.

Finally, this book seems to revel in its gratuitous and disturbing sadistic scenes, including an utterly unnecessary episode of appalling animal cruelty. It isn’t just that the period was oppressive to women, jes the deep sexism in Freud’s mostly uncritically presented theories. It’s something which has always bemused his biographers. The Interpretation of Murder is truly a magnificent book – sprawling, epic, and jaw-dropping all at the same time. The Lost Carousel of Provence.


The Interpretation of Murder

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. The Interpretation of Murder is an intricately plotted, elegantly wrought entertainment filled with delicious surprises, subtle sleights of hand, and fascinating ideas. He’s now a Professor of Constitutional and Criminal Law at Yale and has several academic books to his credit.

We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces” No I will leave you with a quote by Jaidee: The breakdown of their relationship occurred over a period of about three years rather than the weeks which it would appear to have taken in the book, but the essence of the dispute between them and the way that Freud’s thinking offended various sections of American society is an essential part of the story.

In the afterword, Rubenfeld acknowledges using the New York City geography as he needed to, but very few changes took place. The detective investigating the murder takes a leading role in the narrative too, which makes this story multi-dimensional and deals with both ends of society, including the union problems of sweatshop workers.

Please try again later. I think the author himself has problems with women — the female characters are either lifeless caricatures or sex objects.

Rubenfdld had an intriguing premise: When I’m bouncy, I can’t read because I get seasick. Sigmund Freud arrives in New York to deliver a series of lectures on the — at that point — very controversial subject. In fact, I’m still at a bit of a loss as to what Freud and Jung were doing there at all. Dec 16, Aretha rated it it was ok.

There were a great deal of things jec on all at once and I appreciate calamity like this in novels, but because of this very reason I feel that a lot of these threads weren’t properly tied up at the end, and I was left feeling quite disappointed in this.

The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld – book review

To ask other readers questions about The Interpretation of Murderplease sign up. This is an intell Psychoanalysis A murder of a young woman is followed by another attempt using the same modus operandi, however, this lady Miss Acton survives but it leaves her with amnesia. Freud, Jung, and Ferenczi arrive and talk a lot about various psychoanalytic theories and analysands.


I murdee to go back and refresh my memory of who was who. The mystery is satisfying, but so is the commentary on society at the time, the resistance of scientific thinking to psychoanalysis, and even the relationship between Freud and Jung. On the face of it there are some difficult concepts in this rubenfeod.

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I remember reading the blurb on the back page and thinking back to Interpretatoin Carr’s Alienist and then deciding on giving this one a try. Voyager 25th Anniversary Edition.

And the book is remarkably sexist. It’s a book to read and enjoy. I studied psychoanalytic theory in depth in University and rubemfeld reignited my passion for Freud and especially Jung. Feb 02, Natalie Vellacott rated it it was ok Shelves: Quite a long period of time had passed since I read a whodunit.

I quite like the notion that Freud when visiting New York inassisted a murder mudder using his newly framed techniques.

Asked to consult on the case, Dr. The book would have been interesting through the eyes of Dr. I am a massive fan of Shakespeare, but the lengthy analyses of Hamlet and his Oedipus complex tired me too, and I felt the length to which Rubenfeld details this was slightly extreme.

The author has a disclaimer that while some of his characters are real and some characters are fictional, the story itself is completely his imagination. I only read at the gym.