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 Interpretation of Murder, by Jed Rubenfield, is by far, the most exciting and fascinating murder mystery I've ever read. Rubenfield writes beautifully, and brings forth the period of Manhattan 1909 perfectly in front of our eyes. What mostly interested me is the pschylogical aspect of it, before reading this book, I had very less knowledge about Sigmund Freud or of carl Jung's works. This novel was absolutely brilliant, and is like a roller coaster ride which takes us from Gramercy Park, to Chinatown and its conditions, secret connecting passages, Mahattan bridge construction; through all of this the author tries to bring forward a piece of history itself. It also includes the characters taken directly from the period, like the famous psychotherapists Jung and Freud, Brill, Stanley Hall, the 'Triumvirate', the murderer Henry Kendall Thaw, the list goes on and on. 

On the morning after Sigmund Freud arrives in New York on his first - and only - visit to the United States, a stunning débutante is found bound and strangled in her penthouse apartment, high above Broadway. The following night, another beautiful heiress, Nora Acton, is discovered tied to a chandelier in her parents' home, viciously wounded and unable to speak or to recall her ordeal. 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. It is a riddle that will test their skills to the limit and lead them on a journey into the darkest places of the city, and of the human mind.

I really hope this book is turned into a movie some day. A must read for everyone..

http://www.interpretationofmurder.com/



sayuri2023: (Default)
 Interpretation of Murder, by Jed Rubenfield, is by far, the most exciting and fascinating murder mystery I've ever read. Rubenfield writes beautifully, and brings forth the period of Manhattan 1909 perfectly in front of our eyes. What mostly interested me is the pschylogical aspect of it, before reading this book, I had very less knowledge about Sigmund Freud or of carl Jung's works. This novel was absolutely brilliant, and is like a roller coaster ride which takes us from Gramercy Park, to Chinatown and its conditions, secret connecting passages, Mahattan bridge construction; through all of this the author tries to bring forward a piece of history itself. It also includes the characters taken directly from the period, like the famous psychotherapists Jung and Freud, Brill, Stanley Hall, the 'Triumvirate', the murderer Henry Kendall Thaw, the list goes on and on. 

On the morning after Sigmund Freud arrives in New York on his first - and only - visit to the United States, a stunning débutante is found bound and strangled in her penthouse apartment, high above Broadway. The following night, another beautiful heiress, Nora Acton, is discovered tied to a chandelier in her parents' home, viciously wounded and unable to speak or to recall her ordeal. 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. It is a riddle that will test their skills to the limit and lead them on a journey into the darkest places of the city, and of the human mind.

I really hope this book is turned into a movie some day. A must read for everyone..

http://www.interpretationofmurder.com/



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I was just reading an amazing yaoi fanfic in ff.net; where the author made comparisons several times to the Greek mythic story of Apollo and Hyacinthus. Curious; I researched it a bit. Here is what I found on wikipedia.

In Greek mythology, Hyacinth or Hyacinthus (in Greek, ὙάκινθοςHyakinthos) was a divine hero, the son of Clio and Pierus, King of Macedonia, or of king Oebalus of Sparta, or of king Amyclas, also a Spartan. His cult at Amyclae, where his tomb was located, at the feet of Apollo's statue, dates from the Mycenean era.

In the myth, Hyacinth was a beautiful youth loved by the god Apollo. The two took turns throwing the discus, until Apollo, to impress him, threw it with all his might. Hyacinth ran to catch it, to impress Apollo in turn, and was struck by the discus as it fell to the ground and he died.

Another myth adds that the wind god Zephyrus was actually responsible for the death of Hyacinth. The boy's beauty caused a feud between Zephyrus and Apollo. Jealous that Hyacinth preferred the radiant archery god Apollo, Zephyrus blew Apollo's discus off course, so as to injure and kill Hyacinth.

When he died, Apollo didn't allow Hades(Greek God of the Underworld) to claim the boy; rather, he made a flower, the hyacinth, from his spilled blood. According to Ovid's account, the tears of Apollo stained the newly formed flower's petals with the sign of his grief.However, the flower of the mythological Hyacinth has been identified with a number of plants other than the true hyacinth, such as the iris.

Its just so tragic; and beautiful at the same time. The following is an oil-painting "The Death of Hyacinthos" by Jean Broc. Hyacinth is the figure on the left of the frame being supported by his lover Apollo - the discus may be seen in the bottom left. (Courtesy Wikipedia)

 

The Death of Hyacinthos(Not Worksafe) )

 

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I was just reading an amazing yaoi fanfic in ff.net; where the author made comparisons several times to the Greek mythic story of Apollo and Hyacinthus. Curious; I researched it a bit. Here is what I found on wikipedia.

In Greek mythology, Hyacinth or Hyacinthus (in Greek, ὙάκινθοςHyakinthos) was a divine hero, the son of Clio and Pierus, King of Macedonia, or of king Oebalus of Sparta, or of king Amyclas, also a Spartan. His cult at Amyclae, where his tomb was located, at the feet of Apollo's statue, dates from the Mycenean era.

In the myth, Hyacinth was a beautiful youth loved by the god Apollo. The two took turns throwing the discus, until Apollo, to impress him, threw it with all his might. Hyacinth ran to catch it, to impress Apollo in turn, and was struck by the discus as it fell to the ground and he died.

Another myth adds that the wind god Zephyrus was actually responsible for the death of Hyacinth. The boy's beauty caused a feud between Zephyrus and Apollo. Jealous that Hyacinth preferred the radiant archery god Apollo, Zephyrus blew Apollo's discus off course, so as to injure and kill Hyacinth.

When he died, Apollo didn't allow Hades(Greek God of the Underworld) to claim the boy; rather, he made a flower, the hyacinth, from his spilled blood. According to Ovid's account, the tears of Apollo stained the newly formed flower's petals with the sign of his grief.However, the flower of the mythological Hyacinth has been identified with a number of plants other than the true hyacinth, such as the iris.

Its just so tragic; and beautiful at the same time. The following is an oil-painting "The Death of Hyacinthos" by Jean Broc. Hyacinth is the figure on the left of the frame being supported by his lover Apollo - the discus may be seen in the bottom left. (Courtesy Wikipedia)

 

The Death of Hyacinthos(Not Worksafe) )

 

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