The interpretation of Murder

by Jed Rubenfeld | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 9780755334797 Global Overview for this book
Registered by bluecat07 of Karben, Hessen Germany on 6/22/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by bluecat07 from Karben, Hessen Germany on Friday, June 22, 2007
From Publishers Weekly
Turning a psychological thriller with a cast that includes Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and several important American politicians and millionaires from a rich textual experience to a gripping and exciting audio event requires a reader with many skills. Heyborne knows how to use just his voice to bring a variety of nationalities and social classes to life. He can catch the inherent smartness of a working-class detective in a phrase, and can as quickly mark a pioneering medical examiner as a dangerous crank. But where he really succeeds is in the three very different psychoanalysts who move Rubenfeld's story of murder and psychosis down its distinctive road. Heyborne's Freud is an all-too-human man of obvious charm and originality; Freud's disciple Jung is cold, calculating and obviously envious; and fictional narrator Dr. Stratham Younger is a bright and admiring early Freudian who is also somewhat skeptical about some of the Viennese master's theories. This goes a long way in easing listeners through some of Rubenfeld's longer monologues about life and architecture in New York in 1909—passages that readers had the option of skimming without missing any vital nuances.

Journal Entry 2 by bluecat07 from Karben, Hessen Germany on Monday, March 09, 2009
Just finished this book this morning. Because of the baby I don't have that much time to read so it took me a while to get through the 522 pages but it was worth it. It is a good mystery with some twists I wouldn't have guessed. I also liked the historical and scientific background and the feel of NYC in the beginning of the 20th century.

This will travel to booksnbeer as of tomorrow who won it in Marlene's 4 Genres Swap in August 08 at bookobsessed.com. Sorry for the delay!

Journal Entry 3 by BooksnBeer from Annandale, Virginia USA on Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Received this one on 3/16/09 and just now logging it in.

UMMM....This looks very interesting.

Journal Entry 4 by BooksnBeer from Annandale, Virginia USA on Monday, May 11, 2009
This will be traveling to another bookcrosser/bookobsessed person for the April Showers..bring May Sweeps winner.

Opps - second thought - it isn't going anywhere yet.


Journal Entry 5 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Thursday, August 19, 2010
received in the mail. Thanks! It came here :)

Journal Entry 6 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, June 21, 2011
A young socialite has been strangled. The following night another young woman, Nora Acton is found bound and seriously wounded. She is unable to speak and does not recall her attack at all.

Dr Sigmund Freud and his followers including, Carl Jung have come to visit New York in 1909 to speak at American Universities. Dr. Freud is asked to help Nora but because his visit is temporary he asks his host, psychoanalyst, Dr Stratham Younger, to treat her. Dr Younger finds himself becoming increasingly attracted to the lovely Nora. Younger finds Nora's thoughts to involve sexual perversions, convoluted twists and turns and even lies.

Nora finally fingers wealthy industrialist, Bramwell. Bramwell however, has the best of alibis as he was with the mayor during the night in question. Between Younger and Detective Livermore this mystery is full of ups and downs and convoluted plots.

Carl Jung is portrayed as having a serious personality disorder of his own and wants Freud's fame and renown but the amiable Dr Freud seems unaffected by all this. This part of the story is confusing and seems to go nowhere.

Also part of the story that was totally unnecessary was Younger's fascination with Hamlet and the "to be or not to be" speech. The psychoanalysis of this was supposed to be very intellectual but probably is far above any reader's head. The author makes the reader feel very stupid for not understanding.

I loved the history of New York in this time frame. The building of the Brooklyn bridge and how this was done was very interesting.


Journal Entry 7 by HoserLauren at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Reading now!

Journal Entry 8 by HoserLauren at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Friday, May 18, 2012
It's 1909 in Manhattan and Sigmund Freud and a group of psychoanalysts is coming to his first visit to the USA to give a series of lectures. He meets up with an American follower of this theories, Stratham Younger. The two are quickly involved in a murder mystery when a prominent young woman is found murdered in her expensive apartment. She was tied up, whipped, and strangled to death. Knowing that this is going to be a big case, the mayor hands it over to the only person he can trust, the coroner. The coroner selects Detective Littlemore to help him solve the mystery. They don't get too far until there is an attempted murder on Nora Acton, another prominent young lady. Acton can't remember what happened to her though, so Younger is brought in to use psychology to help her remember.

The story is partial explanation of Frued's theories and partial murder mystery. Frueds theories are applied to the characters in the book to try to get back Acton's memory and understand her family issues.

I enjoyed the story but felt there were some parts hard to believe and some loose ends that weren't wrapped up. The author kept mentioning that fingerprints were being taken from crime scenes. Was fingerprinting even used in 1909? From what I can tell, New York started fingerprinting criminals in 1903 but I still find it hard to believe that detectives would be collecting prints in 1909 and using them to help solve their crimes. Also, Freud brought Carl Jung with him to America and Jung was starting to break away from Freud's teachings and acting weird. That story was never fully resolved though. I'm sure that could make an interesting story to itself.

Journal Entry 9 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, January 16, 2013
This book is back with me

Journal Entry 10 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, January 16, 2013
mailed to WestofMars as a RABCK payback

Journal Entry 11 by WestofMars at Mars, Pennsylvania USA on Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Wow, this was a surprise! Thanks, babe!

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