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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Yet Nora Acton, suffering from hysteria, can recall nothing of her attack. This book had it all. There wasn’t a great deal of character background provided, and where there was, it was quite sparse. Another young woman, Nora Acton, is suffering from amnesia after another attack by the same criminal.

I enjoyed the setting of the book, as well as the characters. 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. Half Spent Was the Night. This is an intell 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.

Younger’s analysis of Hamlet, too, was one I will probably keep in my mind for a while to come. The best character was detective Littlemore, he was the only one I had any feeling for, in fact Littlemore and Younger as jeed detective duo were great.

As he pursues therapy with the young woman, Dr. There is obviously some violence although it isn’t too graphic. Other books in ned series.

The Interpretation of Murder

Younger and Lieutenant Littlemore. This article consists almost entirely of a plot summary. 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 very fact that Freud is a character in the book increases the curiosity quotient of the book. Don’t get me wrong, I love potatoes, but give me the steak!

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The Splendor Before the Dark. I mostly enjoyed the plot. A young woman is found viciously beaten and strangled in an exclusive New York apartment and shortly afterwards a society beauty narrowly escapes the same fate, but is left with no pf of what happened to her and initially she’s unable to talk.

It’s well-researched and I like that, but I don’t like it enough to make that criterion carry enough weight to help it sail to the top of my rating scale. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. His take on America’s evolution in the past century was not only painstakingly researched but also borderline accurate within the lines of fictional liberty, of course. Taking his marks from the current successful thriller-writers, Rubenfeld gracefully intertwines Dr.

Also by Jed Rubenfeld. The era is so well recalled here, the sexuality seems almost shocking. The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld. I did like it. 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. Rubenfeld has ambition, but unfortunately, doesn’t have the writing chops to keep up with it. As for the rest of the plot, I follow the golden rule for a whodunit: In any case, I still really liked the story.

It was more of an impulse that made me pick up this book while walking the shelves at the library. Jul 27, Rowland Pasaribu rated it really liked it. The background is detailed out well and the image of NY in the ‘s is very much alive in these pages.


The detective, Jimmy Littlemore, adds some humor to the story and comes across as an intelligent and warm-hearted detective.

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 reflected in too much.

Freud, Jung, and Ferenczi arrive and talk a lot about various psychoanalytic theories and analysands. Freud himself also has a physiologically weak bladder, which I felt didn’t add much to the story but I’m sure the author had a reason for it. Twists and turns along with Carl Jung -why oh why!!

It should be expanded to provide more balanced coverage that includes real-world context. Mar 22, Neelam Naz rated it liked it.

Unfortunately, Rubenfeld isn’t a skillful enough novelist to craft these plot lines into something coherent, so the reader is given, well, a series of plot lines that eventually lurch to an end. Asked to consult on the case, Dr.

Freud’s involvement in either of these cases is limited to a few pieces of advice, but a separate thread throughout the book involves an attempt to discredit Freud and his theories before his lecture. But this is a pretty good book to pass a dull afternoon if you are in the mood for a bit of deduction in the historic setting.

This book is simply one of the pearls to have on the shelf.