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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If it would have been a great copy then I would have given it a higher rating. Deservedly shortlisted for the Richard and Intsrpretation prize in this book weaves an intriguing story around the visit of Sigmund Freud in Is it possible to be totally gripped and bored rigid at the same time?

And I really liked a number of characters, including Junger and Littlemore. Doesn’t Nora rhyme with “Dora”? The Interpretation of Murderpublished inis the first novel by the American law professor Jed Rubenfeld.

His take on America’s evolution in the past century was not only painstakingly research This book had been on my shelf for quite a while instilling a strange curiosity. This article consists almost entirely of a plot summary.

The Interpretation of Murder

This story lots to offer to mystery lovers as well as devotees of old New York and the followers of Freud and Jung. A young woman is murdered, apparently by murderr serial killer.

There is a fair bit of sexual content in this book including references to incest and thoughts of incest. It is an extremely light and breezy read. I guess there was only so much artistic freedom that the author wanted to use in his plot.

Thus nature dangles happiness and meaning before us all, insisting only that we choose between them.

We learn that a main character’s father has killed himself in rubenfelr past, but are given no more information on the subject at all. Interpretatiion he has the grace to let you know exactly what liberties intsrpretation has taken with the truth at the end of the book, something this person who has learnt a lot of history from novels appreciated.

The mystery continues getting richer and deeper as Littlemore proceeds on a parallel course that turns rubendeld other clues. The Interpretation of Murder is truly a magnificent book – sprawling, epic, and jaw-dropping all at the same time.


The author has a disclaimer that while some of his characters are real and some characters are fictional, the story itself is completely his imagination. 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.

I’d recommend it to anyone who is looking for a murder mystery, and particularly anyone who has an interest in psychology, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, but for anyone who is just looking for something brilliant to read, give it a miss.

The detective investigating the murder takes a leading role in the narrative rubnfeld, which makes this story multi-dimensional and deals with both ends of society, including the union problems of sweatshop workers. My only criticism of the story would be that the author pontificates at length on the meaning of Hamlet’s ‘To be or not to be’ speech and his procrastination in killing his uncle and has complicated theories which I couldn’t help feeling had no place in this story other than to pad out an already very long book — overwords.

But if there’s anything worse than a mystery that isn’t especially clever, it’s a mystery that thinks it’s clever when it isn’t, and this mystery is nowhere near as clever as author Jed Rubenfeld thinks it is.

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Reading the author’s notes at the end of the book gave me a better appreciation of the novel. It isn’t just that the period was oppressive to women, or the deep sexism in Freud’s mostly uncritically presented theories. Half Spent Was the Night. Now onto my thoughts about the book. Mar 22, Neelam Naz rated it liked it. The narrative moves easily back and murdr between the first and third person and is well paced. I had never read anything similar to this before, so I decided to give it a bash.

As the story progressed from the luxury hotels and high society events to the narrow, twisting alleys, and to houses of prostitution and police holding cells, those scenes filled without thousands of extras came alive. The only fault that I found was that the ending was rushed, and quite confusing, especially to a bouncy reader. There’s also a discussion on ‘what women want’ which left me amused and, er, thoughtful. 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 memory of what happened to her and initially she’s unable to talk.


Asked to consult on the case, Dr. Last but not least, I truly enjoyed the literary analyses and Freudian theorizing sprinkled throughout. I would heartily recommend it for all the reasons I stated earlier and felt my skimming through the ‘Hamlet’ parts didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book at all.

Younger, the main character, has enough layers to make him interesting. To find happiness, a man need only live in the moment; he need only live for the moment. To ask other readers questions about The Interpretation of Murderplease sign up. We learn a lot about the history of turn of the century New York and the dynasties that ran it. Nora Acton is based on Dora otherwise Ida Bauer who is described in Freud’s most controversial case history. Rubenfeld exercises a siren call, working dexterously with a small cast of suspects, pulling blind after double-blind, with enough twists and turns to satisfy a James Patterson or Jeffrey Deaver fan.

The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld – book review

I was very dissapointed though The Shape of the Ruins. Jul 27, Rowland Pasaribu rated it really liked it. Feb 22, Avid rated it liked it Rubenfsld By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Add to this sorry mess a host of clunky dialog, points of view that shift clumsily sometimes in the span of two paragraphsand a lot of pedestrian writing, and you’re left with nothing more than a run-of-the-mill mystery doing its murcer to masquerade as something far more sophisticated than it actually is.