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Freud's Mistress (2013)

by Karen Mack(Favorite Author)
3.41 of 5 Votes: 5
0399163077 (ISBN13: 9780399163074)
Putnam Adult
review 1: I really liked Loving Frank and The Paris Wife, and I wanted to like this one too, but it didn't do much for me --- possibly because none of the main characters are very likable. Freud in particular is too egotistical and self-centered (which isn't to say that it's not true). Minna's situation is interesting and probably typical of that era --- i.e., being forced to earn her living as a governess or lady's companion, working for women less intelligent than she --- but somehow her character seemed flat. I was interested in how Freud's theories were received, and I googled the weird Dr. Fleiss, but somehow the book just didn't draw me in. I'm not sorry that I read it, but I wouldn't particularly recommend it.
review 2: There were things I liked about this boo
... morek, and things I didn't. I think that I would have enjoyed it more if it hadn't been so highly recommended to me, and talked about as 'such a great book'. The story itself, was fine. I was quite interested in how the subject would be treated, but I wish that there had been more meat to the tale. The tension of the burgeoning love affair was iffy, and I found myself frustrated as a reader, wanting them to just get on with it. And yet, the buildup that was given didn't seem to actually fit the fact of the affair. There was just something missing. I wonder if it may have had something to do with the writers trying not to over step some unwritten boundary because they were writing about a known public figure, and didn't wish to take extreme liberties. All in all, I wanted more. More depth. More feeling. More insight. less
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I enjoy historical novels. I found this one very intriguing.
It was fine, not terrible, just no desire to finish
Happy Bookers August 2014
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