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The Interpretation of Murder: A Novel

3 Ratings: 2.7
A book by Jed Rubenfeld

It has been said that a mystery novel is "about something" and a literary tale is not.The Interpretation of Murderhas legitimate claims to both genres. It is most definitely about something, and also replete with allusions to and explications … see full wiki

Author: Jed Rubenfeld
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
3 reviews about The Interpretation of Murder: A Novel
review by . November 22, 2010
Dr. Younger and Dr. Freud
Sigmund Freud made only one visit to America, in 1909, and author Rubenfeld uses that event to inspire his first historical novel. Budding psychologist Stratham Younger meets Freud, accompanied by Carl Jung, no less, at the pier upon their arrival in Manhattan. Near Washington Square, two beautiful young heiresses have been brutally attacked, one strangled to death, the other managing to survive. Dr. Younger, with consultative support from Dr. Freud, undertakes her treatment. The detective assigned …
review by . April 12, 2007
The author has taken an actual event, Freud's visit to the U.S. in 1909, and woven around it a mysterious and harrowing tale. There are murders of young women, and an American colleague of Freud's is enlisted to analyse one of the surviving victims. This story is a real page-turner, with enough red herrings to fill a rather large fish tank. The characters are well drawn, particularly Freud and Jung, and we witness the beginning of the historic split between the two men. I downgraded this book because …
review by . September 15, 2006
For a month in 1909, Sigmund Freud paid his only visit to the United States, the guest of Clark University in Massachusetts. But first, he spent a week in New York City, accompanied by his friends, including the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung. He did the usual touristy things. He visited Coney Island and swam in the saltwater swimming pool. He saw Chinatown and the Jewish Ghetto. He saw the Cyrprian antiquities at the Metropolitan Museum and walked the grounds of Columbia University. Then, he moved …
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