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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While reading the novel, I easily could imagine the city. Half Spent Was the Night.

The Interpretation of Murder

The author did his best to add tension to the whole book but half the time this tension just wound me up. He’s now a Professor of Constitutional and Criminal Law at Yale and has several academic books to his credit. The Splendor Before the Dark. It is also nicely written, sounding authentic to the period in all respects. Buy the Audiobook Download: The Freud, Jung and Shakespeare inclusions was an added bonus.

Jun 23, Arun Divakar rated it it was ok. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Outwardly the visit appeared to be a success but Freud himself always spoke of it as though some misfortune had befallen him whilst he was there and even went as far as to blame the visit for illnesses from which he’d suffered before the trip. Is it possible to be totally gripped and bored rigid at the same time?

The next day, a second beauty—a rebellious heiress who scorns both high society and her less adventurous parents—barely escapes the killer. The detective, Jimmy Littlemore, adds some humor to the story and comes across as an intelligent and warm-hearted detective.


View all 4 comments. Asked to help her, Dr. The characters were flawed but interesting and, later, loveable; the writing style was perfect for such a book; the solution to the mystery itself was one I never could have figured out on my own. Rubenfeld has ambition, but unfortunately, doesn’t have the writing chops to keep up with it. Anti-Freud gang threatens Freud and his followers to abandon their visit and this adds to the mystery factor of the book. Although it was interesting in places, the majority of the time it became incredibly tedious.

It was clever and witty in spots.

You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Freud arrives in America for a series of lectures just as rubenfld beautiful heiress is found murdered; the very next night another heiress is found bound and gagged and suffering from amnesia. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. But if og wants meaning—the meaning of his dreams, his secrets, his life—a man must reinhabit his past, however dark, and live for the future, however uncertain. Doesn’t Nora rhyme with “Dora”? Jed Rubenfeld has used this basic set of ideas to construct a wonderfully atmospheric story in which fact and fiction blend seamlessly together.

There were times that it felt like it was a bit more modern than than the story was meant to be. Views Read Edit View history.

There is obviously some violence although it isn’t too graphic. So, let’s open the door She tried to speak.

I realize this description is probably more or less congruent with some people’s vision of Hell, but it’s right up my alley. I quite like the notion that Freud when visiting New York inassisted a murder investigation using his newly framed techniques. Despite this being the land of the free there’s a rigid class system, the division between rich and poor grows and anti-Semitism is rife. On the face of it there are some difficult concepts in this book. To ask other readers questions about The Interpretation of Murderplease sign up.


Jed Rubenfeld Reviewed by Sue Magee 4. I completely missed where this part of the dialogue came from; and I want to say there were a couple of other parts of the books where I got confused as to the conversation thread.

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Then she had it imterpretation. This story lots to offer to mystery lovers as well as devotees of old New York and the followers of Freud and Jung. A twisting and clever plot, historical interest, a primer on psychoanalysis and the Oedipus complex, fascinating characters and it was a thrilling ride from beginning to end.

Her long legs oc bare, as were her arms. Only problem is that I now wish even more that I had a ticket to go and see Hamlet at the RSC this summer and no, it’s got nothing to do with David Tennant or Patrick Stewart – reading it is just not the same. If it would have been a great copy then I would have given it a higher rating.

It’s a book to read and enjoy.

His take on America’s evolution in the past century was not only painstakingly research This book had been on my shelf for quite a while instilling a strange curiosity. Thus nature dangles happiness and meaning before us all, insisting only that we choose between them.