The interpretation of Murder

by Jed Rubenfeld | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 9780755331420 Global Overview for this book
Registered by BookGroupMan of Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on 4/30/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Monday, April 30, 2007
A Richard & Judy book choice (and winner I think?) so this had to turn up soon enough in the charity shops. I'm looking forward to this :)

(11/11) First the positives; Jed Rubenfeld is obviously a very intelligent expert in Freud and this particular period of great change in neuro-science, psychiatry & psycho-analysis in the early C20th, and he’s written a complex minutely-researched period thriller. Hey, maybe that’s good enough for a first novel? On the downside, he’s thrown the whole kitchen-sink at this, wasting material enough for several more tightly-plotted books, i.e. not running to 500+ pages with more twists & turns than Alton Towers! Fer-instance, the whole Hamlet ‘to be or not to be’ analysis, the machinations of Oedipus, ‘inverse’ Oedipus, father figures, sadism & masochism, transference etc. etc. left my little head reeling!

One critical passage, which I didn't make a note of, was the idea (Jed's own?) that humans struggle to reconcile enjoying the moment with seeking to understand, which requires looking back and planning forward. Very few, if any, of the leading characters seem to be happy with their lives...maybe this a sideswipe at the whole psychiatry business??

JR does try to lighten the whole mix with a couple of jokes, notably the fictional(?) conversation between Jung and Freud, the latter suffering from catarrh, ’sometimes catarrh is just catarrh’! Also, the interchanges between the heroes, New York ‘tec Littlemore and society doctor and would-be psycho-analyst Statham Younger, would make a great buddy-movie. However, I did pick up a whole new language to show-off; analysand, Charaka, somatic, aetiology, bilocation to name but a few.

JR brilliantly captures the wildly energetic city of Manhattan of the time perfectly, the race to ever-higher symbols of power and prestige, the burgeoning of the Wall Street-centric superpower, the social divisions, the corruption, and the growing sense of self-awareness of the so-called [Roosevelt] ‘hyphenated Americans’. Also, to finish, the brilliant comments about the new world attributed to Freud;, ‘Prudery is brittle…it will shatter in a whirlwind of gratification. America, I fear, is a mistake’

Journal Entry 2 by BookGroupMan at Adelphi Pub in Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Released 11 yrs ago (11/11/2008 UTC) at Adelphi Pub in Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom

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Journal Entry 3 by rosybananas from Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Monday, January 12, 2009
I actually really liked this book. Quite intriguing and interesting to read about Freud's philosphies in a novel.

Journal Entry 4 by rosybananas at Adelphi Pub in Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Monday, January 12, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (1/13/2009 UTC) at Adelphi Pub in Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom

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I'm taking it to the bookcrossing meet.

Journal Entry 5 by loobygraham from Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Thursday, January 29, 2009
picked up at the Leeds meet

Journal Entry 6 by wingAnonymousFinderwing at Belfast, Co. Antrim United Kingdom on Sunday, August 14, 2011
Wonderfully interesting novel - it sounded almost like a melodrama or a silent movie script and I could almost hear the intensity of the music increase towards the end. It developed a terrific feel for the break between Freud and Jung while using their processes to try to catch the murderer. Some of the references to Oedipus needed to be read through a few times to understand the mother/father changes that Younger was thinking about, and I liked the fact that we don't really know what made Clara into the twisted individual that she was.
Altogether quite a challening read which I will share with friends.
I picked the book up in a B & B in Belfast and took it back to Australia with me; I'll have to think of a way of making it travel further.

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