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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Published by Headline Review first published Across town, in an opulent apartment high above the city, a stunning young woman is found dangling from a chandelier—whipped, mutilated, and strangled. LadyCalico Available on Internet archive; can be checked out at no cost for rhbenfeld weeks.

My favorite exchange is: I had to go back and refresh my memory of who was who. The Interpretation of Murderpublished inis the first novel by the American law professor Jed Rubenfeld.

Soon Freud and his American disciple, Stratham Younger, are enlisted to help Miss Acton recover her memory, and to piece together the killer’s identity.

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. 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.

rubenfsld Rubenfeld sets each scene with deft assurance. Added to the mix of characters are the wealthy industrialist who thinks he is completely beyond the law, together with the Mayor who is in his pocket, a well meaning but inadequate coroner and various city workers who are out for themselves and for whom the truth is a distant concept they have no aspiration for.

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.

May 14, Nikhil rated it it was amazing. However, jjed night Nora was attacked, Banwell has the perfect alibi: It brings New York to vivid life, with meticulously presented and accurate details. Dr Younger quite fortuitously involves Sigmund Freud to help in the case and this gives it a completely new perspective.


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. It’s New York in that unstoppable period in the early part of the twentieth century when the growth of capitalism is reflected in the skyline and deep down below the East Jfd as we watch the final stages of the building of the Manhattan Bridge.

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The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld – book review

While one rubebfeld about solving the case is going on, the book parallely talks about the protests and revolt against the rising fame of Freud and his teachings. An “ingenious, suspenseful historical thriller”? There were a few times that I had to check to make sure that the time frame of this story was correct. Categories Fiction Non-fiction Children’s books Authors. I respect that it was well-researched, but to borrow from the same analogy, I like a little history with my s 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.

It’s part detective novel and part musings on Freudian theory and what his stay in America might have been like.

The Interpretation of Murder

The Interpretation of Murder Freud, 1 – Nevisande: I’ve also seen “spectacular, fiendishly clever, heart in the mouth read, impossible to put down, intriguing mystery, accomplished thriller and dazzling novel.

I thought his writing style was amateur and I thought the end was a let down because everything I had read, all of my ideas I had thought out about the ending were all wrong and it was dissapointing. Then Younger reply’s “Well, I-” and is interrupted by, I assume the detective saying “Katie bar the door. The Lost Carousel of Provence. The author has also skillfully ignited the debate over Hamlet, Freud’s Oedipus Complex which to this date repulses a majority of the psychologistsand the parallels between neuroscience and psychoanalysis, all this while staying within the limit of the plot.

Although not directly involved in the murder, Dr Freud offers advice to the budding psychoanalyst, Dr Murcer Younger, as to how to treat one of the murderer’s surviving victims.


This is an intelligent murder mystery that introduces traditional detective work and psychoanalysis from its founder Murfer Freud. Who could expect me to resist buying and then reading it? Thanks for telling us about the problem. The background of the book is painted in superbly. Freud offers the opinion that her case would be an excellent choice for Dr.

If it would have been a great copy then I would have given it a higher rating. I found it clever, informative, well written and even humorous at times. Henry Holt and Company.

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. Don’t get me wrong, I love potatoes, but give me the steak!

I didn’t really care that much about the characters. The book was extremely well-researched in order to be historically accurate, but it seems to me that Rubenfeld has concentrated mainly on this, rather than other aspects, such as giving his characters some more meat on their bones. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads interpretatlon. So, is Nora still a victim when she is empowered by a sympathetic listener? 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: Her long legs were bare, as were her arms.

It’s fiction but based on a factual background with a vivid picture of New York and with a fascinating insight into the early days mudder psychoanalysis. I felt that storyline could have been given a better conclusion. The only fault that I found was that the ending was rushed, and quite confusing, especially to a bouncy reader.

This probably should get about 2 and a half stars. For anyone looking for a murder mystery, this is a must read.

There is also a great attempt to recreate the atmosphere and landscape of New York City at the turn of the last century and perhaps this was iinterpretation in too much.