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BELLE VUE: Sigmund Freud, Minna Bernays, and the Meaning of Dreams based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Belle vue is a novel that should appeal to those who are interested in the history of psychoanalysis, the biography of Sigmund Freud, life in Vienna at the end of the 19th century and those who like to read about intense family dramas. It was Freud who made us aware of the intricacies and difficulties of family dynamics and so it is intriguing and ironic to see how he negotiated these matters in his own life. I usually read 4 or 5 books at the same time, but when I reached about page 150 of this novel, I set aside the other four books because I wanted to know what would happen. Belle Vue focuses on one very significant day in the lives of the main characters, but there are also flashbacks interspersed that fill in the context of Viennese mores of the time and the details of the personalities and situations of Freud and his family. There is a good deal of suspense and it seemed to me that some sort of explosion was inevitable. I speculated what it might be, but it turned out that I was off the mark, and I consider this to be the sign of an excellent and gripping story. The portrayals of the main characters, especially of Freud and Minna, is subtle and rich. They lived and interacted for several years after the action of the novel that takes place in 1895. After finishing the book, I had a great deal to think about--what was there life like in those the subsequent decades they spent together. This novel really makes one wonder.