The Interpretation of Murder

The Interpretation of Murder International Bestseller U K BestsellerThe Wall Street Journal BestsellerLos Angeles Times BestsellerIn the summer of Sigmund Freud arrived by steamship in New York Harbor for a short visit to

  • Title: The Interpretation of Murder
  • Author: Jed Rubenfeld
  • ISBN: 9780312427054
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Paperback
  • International Bestseller 1 U.K BestsellerThe Wall Street Journal BestsellerLos Angeles Times BestsellerIn the summer of 1909, Sigmund Freud arrived by steamship in New York Harbor for a short visit to America Though he would live another thirty years, he would never return to this country Little is known about the week he spent in Manhattan, and Freud s biographers haveInternational Bestseller 1 U.K BestsellerThe Wall Street Journal BestsellerLos Angeles Times BestsellerIn the summer of 1909, Sigmund Freud arrived by steamship in New York Harbor for a short visit to America Though he would live another thirty years, he would never return to this country Little is known about the week he spent in Manhattan, and Freud s biographers have long speculated as to why, in his later years, he referred to Americans as savages and criminals In The Interpretation of Murder, Jed Rubenfeld weaves the facts of Freud s visit into a riveting, atmospheric story of corruption and murder set all over turn of the century New York Drawing on case histories, Shakespeare s Hamlet, and the historical details of a city on the brink of modernity, The Interpretation of Murder introduces a brilliant new storyteller, a novelist who, in the words of The New York Times, will be no ordinary pop cultural sensation.

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    1. Onvan : The Interpretation of Murder (Freud, #1) - Nevisande : Jed Rubenfeld - ISBN : 755331427 - ISBN13 : 9780755331420 - Dar 533 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2006

    2. 5 "Lions and Tigers and Freud, Oh My!! Twists and turns along with Carl Jung -why oh why!! A vixen, an ingénue, some psychiatrists and a sexy detective too!! Complex, delicious, fun and macabre- you won't go wrong if you give this a try" STARS.6th Favorite Read of 2015This is just what the doctor ordered as a salve to my recent brain numbing with young adult books.I have not enjoyed a historic literary thriller like this in many years. The last book that I enjoyed this much in this genre was "T [...]

    3. im pretty neutral about this book. it was a fine sortof historical mystery with all the requisite elements like red herrings and dubious intentions and misread signals and girls tied up and whipped, but eh. and im torn, because it is a perennial table book, but i think i might have to regulate its inclusion from now on, because in my opinion, it is all right but no great shakes. maybe people who are really into freud would like it more than i. this is me being too early for class and writing in [...]

    4. I did not just like this book, I LOVED it. And on so many levels. I found it clever, informative, well written and even humorous at times. The characters were interesting and I was kept guessing even when I pretty much decided I knew what was going on. This was really a page turner, especially when they were down in the caisson. I could so visualize that. This is my new "You gotta read this book" recommendation. The Freud, Jung and Shakespeare inclusions was an added bonus. Loved the early 1900 [...]

    5. When I sit down to what I hope will be a great meal, I look forward to the side dishes, but it's the main course that is central. Don't get me wrong, I love potatoes, but give me the steak! Interpretation of Murder is a side dish and not a potato side dish, more like peas or carrots or something.Reading the author's notes at the end of the book gave me a better appreciation of the novel. I respect that it was well-researched, but to borrow from the same analogy, I like a little history with my s [...]

    6. Sigmund Freud, along with his protege Carl Jung, arrives in New York for a series of lectures at Clark University in Massachusetts. A young woman is murdered, apparently by a serial killer. Another young woman, Nora Acton, is suffering from amnesia after another attack by the same criminal. Dr. Stratham Younger, a high society Freud acolyte, undertakes a psychoanalysis of Nora, in the hopes of unraveling the mystery. I wanted to like The Interpretation of Murder. I really did. It had an intrigui [...]

    7. I devoured this book in the sense that it was easy to read and lots of plot twists to keep you interested. the factual parts added a touch of realism to a fictional story, even if some weren't accurate for the time ( a point the author acknowledges). My rating is to reflect that this genre is not my favourite and this book would not change my opinion.

    8. This book was difficult and slow to read. I liked the whole idea of the story, but I did't feel like I connected with any of the characters in the story. When the author started a new chapter and brought in a different character with it, I kept not even knowing who they were talking about. I had to go back and refresh my memory of who was who. To be honest the characters descriptions were really bad. The author did his best to add tension to the whole book but half the time this tension just wou [...]

    9. SWEET GREEN HELLHer entire body glistened in the unbearable August heat. Her long legs were bare, as were her arms. Her elegant shoulders were nearly bare as well. The girl’s consciousness was fading. She tried to speak. There was a question she had to ask. It was there; it was gone. Then she had it again. ‘My name,’ she whispered. ‘What is my name?’" So, is Nora still a victim when she is empowered by a sympathetic listener?"Feel like there's class conflict in the book: psychoanalysis [...]

    10. Is it possible to be totally gripped and bored rigid at the same time ? That’s how I was for most of this book, the writing style I found stilted at first but the murder plot kept me going. Ultimately this was a bit of a let down as the plot was so convoluted, all the loose ends were tied up ‘Columbo’ style at the end. The best character was detective Littlemore, he was the only one I had any feeling for, in fact Littlemore and Younger as a detective duo were great. This book is to Psychoa [...]

    11. An "ingenious, suspenseful historical thriller"? Ingenious, try confusing. Suspenseful, more like wading through sludge and wondering when you will reach the end. Thriller, any drama was short lived and shrouded in Freudianisms. I've also seen "spectacular, fiendishly clever, heart in the mouth read, impossible to put down, intriguing mystery, accomplished thriller and dazzling novel." If a book really was this awesomely, fantastically, amazing, I'd expect the average reader to enjoy it whether [...]

    12. Quite a long period of time had passed since I read a whodunit. It was more of an impulse that made me pick up this book while walking the shelves at the library. I remember reading the blurb on the back page and thinking back to Caleb Carr'sAlienistand then deciding on giving this one a try. It is an extremely light and breezy read. I was juggling three books at the same time and could only get to this by late Friday and even then could finish it by a Sunday evening. Contrary to my own prejudic [...]

    13. "Unhappiness is caused when we cannot let go of our memories."A book based on Sigmund Freud, founder of pyschoanalysis? Who could expect me to resist buying and then reading it?It lived up to my expectations. 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. Younger's analysis of Hamlet, too, was one I will probably keep in my mind for a while to come [...]

    14. Good mystery with many twists and turns as well as a little Shakespeare and some psychoanalysis going on with Freud and Jung in the characterization. There were a few times that I had to check to make sure that the time frame of this story was correct. There were times that it felt like it was a bit more modern than than the story was meant to be. I did enjoy it tho.

    15. There were quite a few things I liked about this book. It brings 1909 New York to vivid life, with meticulously presented and accurate details. It is also nicely written, sounding authentic to the period in all respects. And I really liked a number of characters, including Junger and Littlemore. Last but not least, I truly enjoyed the literary analyses and Freudian theorizing sprinkled throughout. But I hated the implausible, contrived and hastily resolved plot. And the book is remarkably sexist [...]

    16. This novel is about a murder mystery of Elizabeth Riverford, a young socialite in the impressive Balmoral Hotel, Manhattan and the reputedly accurate recounting of a visit made by Dr Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung to New York in 1909 to speak at American Universities in an age when psychoanalysis is in it's infancy.Although not directly involved in the murder, Dr Freud offers advice to the budding psychoanalyst, Dr Stratham Younger, as to how to treat one of the murderer's surviving victims. The yo [...]

    17. Jed Rubenfield’s book borrows quite a few things from the famous non-fiction book The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud. To start with, the title is intentionally made to look like a spoof on the original book. The author and psychologist, Sigmund Freud is one of the characters in Rubenfield’s book. Several real characters like Carl Jung, Abraham Brill and George McClellan, Mayor of New York City appear in this fictional book.To begin with, I liked the idea of creating a fictional st [...]

    18. This book's summary is a bit misleading in terms of Freud's overall role in the events of the book. In any case, I still really liked the story. The main character of the book (there actually are two, but since his story is told in the first person, I'll label him as the lead,)is a young psychiatrist who is an avid follower of Sigmund Freud. He is charged with hosting Freud and several of his followers in New York before bringing him to Boston for a lecture at the university he teaches at.During [...]

    19. Wow! I finished this, and wrote the review below, on the day I started it.Books based on historical figures can fall into two camps: having so much speculation and fiction that one cannot always relate it to the person from the history books or their work (sorry Ms Gregory, but I think your Henry VIII is a bit like this), or making such an effort to base their conversation on things the person actually said that the dialogue becomes stilted or the person comes across as a pompous oaf, rather too [...]

    20. What a disappointment! I really thought I'd like this because initially it looked like it might be a blend of history, psychology, literature, & criminal investigation. Those things did provide some satisfaction, but at times it read as if the author had simply copy/pasted his college papers on Freud or Hamlet into the text, resulting in a dry, disjointed lack of continuity.Mostly what ruined this story was the unnecessarily detailed descriptions of the sadistic sexual assaults, described in [...]

    21. First off, in my defense, I took such a long time to read this book for a reason. I only read at the gym. And lately, I have become rather, bouncy, while on the elliptical machine. When I'm bouncy, I can't read because I get seasick. So at first I'm doing ok on the machine, reading away, really into the book, and then suddenly, a bout of bounciness strikes, and I'm forced to close the book and put on my ipod. But tonight I persevered and pushed through said bounciness and kicked this book's ass! [...]

    22. This probably should get about 2 and a half stars. More than 2, because it did keep my interest. Less than three, because next to the Alienist it's a bit of a disappointment. The plot doesn't hang together like it does in the Alienist, the characters aren't as interesting, and it's too easy to figure out who did it. On the other hand, I did enjoy it, and it is worth the read.

    23. An interesting perspective into the life of Freud and the emergence of psychoanalysis. The addition of a murder mystery further piques the interest of the reader. The abstract concepts of psychoanalysis have been brilliantly explained, however the book becomes slow and loses its charm towards the end. Nevertheless, a worthwhile read for psychology majors.

    24. This book had been on my shelf for quite a while instilling a strange curiosity. I have always found it a great risk. Finally, I read in a weekend and boy I'm glad.From the very beginning, right from the first few paragraphs, the book commands your attention and soon as you adhere to its commands, it draws you into America in 1909, where the author had masterfully blurred the line between fiction and reality. His take on America's evolution in the past century was not only painstakingly research [...]

    25. 2,5 starsIl secondo libro con protagonisti personaggi storici che leggo questo mese, ed il secondo libro che mi fa storcere il naso. Contrariamente alla precedente recensione del libro sui coniugi Fitzgerald, non sono tanto "legata" a Freud e Jung da scaldarmi e prendere quasi sul personale la qualità discutibile di questo libro, ma ciò non toglie che "L'interpretazione della morte" sia senza dubbio un'occasione sprecata. Peccato perchè Rubenfeld fa una accuratissima ricostruzione storica del [...]

    26. I read this when it had just come out so I think I was about 12? So in this, it's basically the epitome of my "I-read-this-too-young" shelf. It's a multilayered mystery about Freudian psychology, something I have always been interested in, but needless to say, an adult mystery about Freudian psychology, encompassing sadomasochism, continents, and more than one murder was impossible to follow for my young brain. I did enjoy the atmospheric writing, the historical settings, and the interplay betwe [...]

    27. So glad that's done! With the absence of choice I decided to read this as it's been sitting there since I bought it at a fund raising event, may just re -donate it back! It's tedious, old hat and very Agatha Christie, which I hate. There is good research done obviously as is explained at the end of the book and redeems it somewhat, but really not my sort of book.

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