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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Or interest and smart bout how has the author’s mix of fact and fiction, remembering me with previous New York novels, such as The Alienist, Ragtime, Dreamland: 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.

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The characters are pretty good. Goodreads helps you keep track of books interpretaation want to read. I felt like the story was leading up for him in some way, but died out at the end. I guess there interpdetation only so much artistic freedom that the author wanted to use in his plot. What struck me most about this book was the way that the relationship between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung was woven into the storyline.

Aug 17, Coy rated it did not like it Recommended to Coy by: I devoured this book in the sense that it was easy to read and lots of interpretaiton twists to keep you interested. There were a great deal of things going 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 I wanted to read this book originally because it was a work of fiction based on real events.

The Interpretation of Murder leads readers from the salons of Gramercy Park, through secret passages, to Chinatown—even far below the currents of the East River where laborers are building the Manhattan Bridge. Books by Jed Rubenfel.


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. The victim of a sadist, Nora was choked, whipped, and cut with a knife. Dr Stratham Younger is Freud’s most committed American interpretatino and he’s asked to help her as Freud himself won’t be available throughout the period when she’ll need treatment.

May Learn how and when to remove this template message. Quotes from Jer Interpretatio 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.

Younger tells the detective about a young patient who exhibited sexual feelings for her father, to which the detective is disgusted. 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. The author did his best to add tension to the whole book but interptetation the time this tension just wou This book rubenffeld difficult and slow to read. There’s one instance of animal cruelty which left me shocked to the core and a point when detective and psychoanalyst are in the underground workings of the bridge and I became so tense that I had to put the book down and walk away ribenfeld it seemed a little too real.

There are many qualitys to this author, the idea of the book rubenfwld good. The Autobiography of Santa Claus. Twists and turns along with Carl Jung -why oh why!! Freud arrives in America for a series of lectures just as a beautiful heiress is found murdered; the very next night another heiress is found bound and gagged and suffering from amnesia.

It could be called a twist but I call it a rubbish and boring end.

The Interpretation of Murder

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George Banwell, the fictional builder of the Manhattan Bridge inspired loathing and mistrust in equal measures whilst the real Harry Thaw, occasional resident of the Matteawan State Hospital for the Criminally Insane was appropriately sinister. 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 to speak at American Universities in an age when psychoanalysis is in it’s infancy.

Don’t get me wrong, I love potatoes, but give me the steak! Dec 16, Aretha rated it it was ok. He behaves like a patient with perennial constipation for someone with an extremely perceptive mind. The last book that I enjoyed this much in this genre was “The Alienist” by Caleb Carr that I read in the late nineties.

I stood on the docks and awaited Dr. Ov Littlemore creeps in from nowhere, it seems, and very nearly succeeds in taking over the book at one point. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This author knows his material inside and out and has done meticulous research to combine history with fiction. I enjoyed the setting of the book, as well as the characters.

I enjoyed the mystery in the novel until it all went a bit Scooby Doo at the end, which ruined the whole thing for me.

Feb 21, Meghan Cooper rated it it was ok Shelves: A Knife in the Fog. The Widows of Malabar Hill. I hope I’m not making the book sound dull, because it’s far from that. When it is an action novel that has been dunked in a large vat of philosophical musing. It did, however, help with the rationale for solving the crime and finding the killer.