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After dislodging it from the shadow of aggression in order to evaluate its function, the instinct turns out to be one of the components that form the death motivation. Human beings develop a complex motivation for death, one that is more than biology instincts or physics entropy. It includes a the death instinct, the primary analogue; b sequellae of the universal experience of object-loss, with identification and fantasies of a restorative reunion; c guilt over hostile attitudes toward the lost object, with depression, longings for atonement , and self-punishment; d compliance with reality, like that of old age or grave sickness.
Examined in light of the complementary series of Freud's aetiological equation, the death instinct turns into a precondition of the composition motivation. The rest of the world hates us because we're imperialist. Rubenfeld did most of the work for us, although it was impressive work. It was a dazzling ride through most of the story--a little boggy in the middle, but fine and tight at the end, and worth the investment. I'd like to see Rubenfled aim his concept just a little bit smaller the next time, furthering story lines about psychiatry--his forte--and give us some main characters with a bit more incertitude and mystique.
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View all 5 comments. This historical thriller had an interesting premise -- a bombing on Wall Street in the s shocks the nation, and Captain James Littlemore wants to get to the bottom of it. Meanwhile, his good friend Dr. Younger is in the throes of apparently unrequited love for WWI survivor Colette Rousseau, a beautiful of course protegee of Marie Curie who is desperate to have her traumatized younger brother treated by none other than An additional subplot involves a lot of subterfuge surround Eh.
An additional subplot involves a lot of subterfuge surrounding newly discovered radium. So the book was moderately engaging; unfortunately, it suffered several amateurish flaws.
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First, there's that classic historical fiction gimmick of having your characters intersect with famous figures in history. I also found Colette to be a bit of a Mary Sue -- of course she's beautiful and charming and all the men want her, and she's also super smart, capable, and a doting older sister to her younger brother. Not to mention the fact that Colette keeps getting kidnapped by people who are after her body or her secrets or both only to be dramatically rescued.
Captain Littlemore had some Mary Sueness to him as well -- constantly shocking people with his brilliant deductions from subtle clues this got REALLY old after times ; impervious to the intense kind of over the top, really -- was he that gorgeous? All the chase scenes were really a bit much -- does Jed really think they're going to option this for a movie? And it really didn't need to be this long; eliminating a subplot or two would have made things tighter and more enjoyable.
I gave the book three stars because it kind of worked despite these gripes.
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You won't hear me raving about it but I didn't hate it enough to stop midway, even though I'm ahead in my goodreads challenge for once. This was a really enjoyable piece of historical fiction. I thought it was a taut and interesting melding of real events and people the Wall Street bombing, Sigmund Freud, members of Woodrow Wilson's cabinet, etc.
Part Sherlock Holmes, part alienated Holden Caulfield, the duo that sets out to solve the mystery of the Wall Street bombing are fascinating, and brilliant, but at least one is psychologically damaged from his exp This was a really enjoyable piece of historical fiction. Part Sherlock Holmes, part alienated Holden Caulfield, the duo that sets out to solve the mystery of the Wall Street bombing are fascinating, and brilliant, but at least one is psychologically damaged from his experiences in WWI.
The book has surprise plot twists, evolving Freudian theory from Freud himself, no less! It also starts off with a bang: With the final, sonorous note still echoing, a curious taxi driver drew back one corner of moth-eaten burlap and saw what lay beneath. At that moment, among the jostling thousands, four people knew that death was pregnant in Wall Street: The taxi driver whispered 'Lord have mercy.
Having adored Jed's first novel, 'the interpretation of murder' i had high hopes for this hotly anticipated one. Jun 09, Rendier rated it really liked it. Loved the history and the way the story was worked into the real events. Very interesting and enjoyable book Nov 22, Tina rated it really liked it Shelves: It was the largest terrorist attack to ever occur on American soil and is unsolved to this day.
Rubenfeld's main characters, WWI veteran Dr. Their efforts to both solve the bombing and a series of attacks on Collette lead them all on In The Death Instinct, Jed Rubenfeld builds a engaging and convincing story around the September 16, bombing of Wall Street.
Their efforts to both solve the bombing and a series of attacks on Collette lead them all on a roller coaster ride on both sides of the Atlantic. In my opinion, Larson is a master of narrative non-fiction.
Though Rubenfeld is writing fiction, I thought the integration of history sounded similar. I was not disappointed. Rubenfeld expertly weaves fact and fiction to create a gripping yet educational tale. A number of historical characters appear in The Death Instinct including Sigmund Freud and several political figures. Interspersed in the narrative are interludes of history, which give you valuable background on the era.
One of the early history interludes really stuck with me.
Early on, Rubenfeld explains the series of terrorist actions that took place in the U. The rhetoric on terrorism since September 11th has, as I see it, always suggested that terrorism is a new threat to which America must adapt. Reading Rubenfeld, it occurred to me that terrorists are not as new of a foe as we might think or be led to think.
For the better part of a century, the U. Though their frequency has increased and the technology used has evolved, terrorism is not new. The parallels between then and now are striking and somewhat frightening. I was immediately drawn in by Rubenfeld's writing style. His integration of historical fact is done in a way that creates a compelling story rather than boring history PSAs.
I learned things about World War I, U. For instance, did you know that Freud came up with the death instinct? I laughed out loud at Littlemore on several occasions. There are twists and turns to make the story exciting, but they are also logical and believable.
Some you may see coming, some may shock you. In the end, I was very glad to have read The Death Instinct. I highly recommend you add The Death Instinct to yours. Jan 18, Jason Reeser rated it really liked it. I'll admit to being a little disappointed with this book, but it was only because of mistaken expectations. First of all, this is a fun, very complex, historical thriller that has a strong flavor of genre fiction to it.
Make no mistake, it is enjoyable to read, and reads quickly, like a Clive Cussler Isaac Bell story. However, considering the subject matter, I expected something more literary, something weightier. So it just kept feeling like it was falling short. The story involves, a massive bom I'll admit to being a little disappointed with this book, but it was only because of mistaken expectations. The story involves, a massive bombing in New York City in , anarchists, thieves, crooked politicians, coppers, scientists, Sigmund Freud, Marie Curie and her new science of radium, WWI veterans, and a mysteriously disfigured triumvirate of red-headed women.
As I said, it is complex, fast-paced, and it will keep you guessing as to what sort of novel it is you're reading. At least it did that to me. The characters didn't ever really get off the page for me, though there were many that were entertaining. But the style of the book, pure genre fiction style, just seemed to disappoint. I gave it four out of five stars, however, for the ingenious use of historical fact woven into such an incredibly creative idea. Okay, I went back to Amazon and checked to see why I thought this would be some sort of literary work.
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It was easy to see why. Here is a blurb from the first book in this series: The Interpretation of Murder has legitimate claims to both genres. It is most definitely about something, and also replete with allusions to and explications of Shakespeare, to the very beginnings of psychology, to the infighting between psychoanalytic giants--all written in a style that an author with literary aspirations might well envy.
Wow, this couldn't be further from the truth. Like I said, it was like reading Clive Cussler. And that was difficult to do, since the subject matter should have helped it rise out of that genre style. Somehow Jed Rubenfeld has managed to create a fantastic follow - up story that lives up to his first book. I can't believe that the huge and true - to - life terrorist attack the novel is centred around is so little - known - I'd certainly never heard of it - and unsolved to this day. Through meticulous research, abundant imagination and skill Rubenfeld has weaved a fascinating and exciting thriller, bursting at the seams with plots and characters that fit perfectly together like a jigsaw.
Freud Somehow Jed Rubenfeld has managed to create a fantastic follow - up story that lives up to his first book. Freud again features in this novel with ever - developing theories, and Dr Younger, the narrator from last time. I wish it hadn't been several years since my reading of the last novel so I could compare Younger's character development more, but I believe he has changed quite a bit largely due to the war and a failed marriage and is much less likeable here.
Yet that didn't lessen my overall enjoyment at all! He has a new love interest too, and whilst I wasn't crazy with how much she toyed with him, she was an intriguing character, and her mute little brother too. She introduces another famous historical figure into the mix -Marie Curie and her radium.
I loved this element of the tale too. James Littlemore, the police detective from last time is back too, and a much more likeable character than the doctor. His investigation takes many twists and turns, as does Younger and Colette's story, but everything links together so cleverly and satisfyingly in the end, that I personally wasn't bothered by the odd little coincidence here and there. Along the way the story is peppered with factual information which is helpful, interesting and not jarring at all. And somehow it is still easy to separate the fact from fiction, and the author adds a note at the end discussing this further.
I really am so impressed with how he managed to tie together so many random ideas and make such a fluid, brilliant and plausible story that kept me riveted from start to finish that I don't care about any negatives whatsoever! I really hope there is more to come in this series, as I find Rubenfeld to be a very talented storyteller. Dec 08, Doug Cornelius rated it really liked it Shelves: A horse-drawn wagon passed through Wall Street's lunchtime crowds on September 16, Inside the wagon was pounds of dynamite and pounds of cast-iron slugs to act as shrapnel.
The wagon exploded in front the Morgan Bank and the US Treasury building, killed 38 people and seriously injured hundreds. It was the most destructive terrorist attack on US soil until the Oklahoma City bombing. Jed Rubenfeld draws some analogies between the attack and the attacks. Unlike those attacks, A horse-drawn wagon passed through Wall Street's lunchtime crowds on September 16, Unlike those attacks, the attack went unsolved. There were some vague accusations of plots by Italian anarchists, but nobody was ever charged.
Rubenfeld puts together a sweeping storyline to find his explanation for the bombing. Please expand the article to include this information.
Further details may exist on the talk page. Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. Beyond the Pleasure Principle. Philosophy of the "Will" in Schopenhauer. Civilization and Its Discontents. Journal of Analytical Psychology. Free pdf of the full essay by the Arizona Psychoanalytic Society. Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought. The Life and Work of Sigmund Freud. It is a little odd that Freud himself never, except in conversation, used for the death instinct the term Thanatos , one which has become so popular since. At first he used the terms "death instinct" and "destructive instinct" indiscriminately, alternating between them, but in his discussion with Einstein about war he made the distinction that the former is directed against the self and the latter, derived from it, is directed outward.
Stekel had in used the word Thanatos to signify a death-wish, but it was Federn who introduced it in the present context.
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