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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Over the years there has been speculation of an affair between F

Over the years there has been speculation of an affair between Freud and his sister-in-law, Minna Berneays. Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman looked at historical facts and created a very interesting fictionalized story of what happened between them.
Minna worked in a num...
Over the years there has been speculation of an affair between Freud and his sister-in-law, Minna Berneays. Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman looked at historical facts and created a very interesting fictionalized story of what happened between them.
Minna worked in a number of homes as a Lady’s Companion. When she lost yet another job she went and stayed with her sister, Martha and her husband Sigmund Freud. There she helped her sister tend her six children. Martha seems overwhelmed with the children and the task of running the house. Minna observes her sister is an avid user of opium (even giving the opium to the children). Freud is consumed by his work and proving his theories (Oedipus Complex) to his fellow colleagues.




Minna is a different sort of woman in her own right. She is an avid reader, follows politics, she is intellectually curious about the world. Minna almost immediately becomes intrigued by Freud’s work. The two begin to spend a considerable amount of time together discussing his work, while Freud is barely around Martha and the children. Slowly an intellectual affair occurs between the two. As the two grow closer is that really enough?




Freud’s Mistress was immediately added to my wishlist when I read about it. I really enjoy reading fictionalized stories about real life people. I have a tremendous appreciation for the amount of research it must take. Like most people I was well aware of Freud’s theories and was interested in learning more about the man himself.




In the novel, Freud comes off very full of himself and rather uninterested in those around him, very egotistical. His wife, Martha seemed so overwhelmed by her life. I was fairly sympathetic to her. Freud seemed very uninterested in his wife since her world did not revolve around him. Then there is Minna.  I was a little surprised she was not more upset by Freud’s indifference to her sister. As a sister, I would be upset if I saw my brother-in-law act the way Freud did and I would like to think I wouldn’t be pulled into his world.




The build-up of the relationship between Minna and Freud seemed to take awhile to get moving, so the beginning of the novel was slow. The story was written with a third person point of view, which almost exclusively centered on Minna. I really enjoyed the story and thought it was well written, but the one thing I found is occasionally the authors would suddenly center on Freud or Martha for a single sentence or paragraph and I found that slightly jarring to read. It was rarely done, but wanted to mention it. Over all I really enjoyed the novel. 




I would definitely recommend Freud’s Mistress, but I would say give the novel some time to develop. Once the story really got moving, I was swept away.

posted by anovelreview_blogspot_com on October 4, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Yawn

Psychology majors will enjoy this book more than i did. Too much time spent on theories and not enough developing the relationship.

posted by Anonymous on July 16, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    Yawn

    Psychology majors will enjoy this book more than i did. Too much time spent on theories and not enough developing the relationship.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2013

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A piece of hist

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

    A piece of historical fiction that had me always guessing where the truth ended.  Sigmund Freud is not so happily married and his sister-in-law has lost her fiancee to disease, so after a few jobs as companions to other ladies, she is invited to move into the Freud home - drama ensues.

    As I didn't know much about Freud in general, I found this book to be interesting because it made quite a few mentions of how Freud came up with his theories.  I took a few breaks in the book to read up on Freud and find out more about him and the science he created.  My favorite character was his wife, at first I found her to be homely, naive and just oblivious to all the things going on around her, but she definitely had some character growth and ended up being a stand out character.  I felt for Minna as she was trying to find her own life and I am not sure if she ever did.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

    This is a solid read.

    Although I felt the story got a bit tedious at times and went on just a beat too long, I did enjoy this book. Since this is based on real people and some true events, I found it fun to research the individuals involved. This is a good book club selection; the conversation is sure to flow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Okay

    The problem with this kind of book is that the blend of fact and fiction is difficult to obtain. The book fails to hold the reader's attention in either area. This is sad, because the story had possibilities.

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