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Freud's Mistress (edition 2014)

by Karen Mack (Author)

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1895 Vienna. Minna Bernays finds herself out on the street and out of options. She turns to her sister, Martha, for help. Martha has her own problems-- six young children and an absent, disinterested husband who happens to be Sigmund Freud. While Martha is shocked and repulsed by her husband's "pornographic" work, Minna is fascinated. She and Freud embark on what is at first simply an intellectual courtship... yet something deeper is brewing beneath the surface, something Minna cannot escape.… (more)
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Title:Freud's Mistress
Authors:Karen Mack (Author)
Info:Berkley (2014), Edition: Reprint, 384 pages
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I will start off this review by noting two things, first, it's pretty weird reading a historical (romance) with Freud as the man in the leading role and secondly, Freud is a bit of an ashole. Now, the picture I have in my head is of the older Freud, but he is quite young in this book, but I still had a hard time seeing The Father of Psychoanalysis seducing his sisters-in-law.

However, despite that was this book quite good. I liked getting a closer look into Freud's own marriage and his close relationship with Martha. It's not proven that they had an affair although there is some documented evidence of it. Still, it was fascinating to read this book, not just for the romance between Freud and Martha, but for the historical setting and how hard it is for Freud to win favor for his ideas.

It's also interesting to read how Freud seems to be obsessed with a person for a time and then move on. At one point is it Martha that captivated him, and in the next moment is there someone else and it's not always sexually, he just finds someone ideas utterly captivating. I do feel sorry for Martha, but then again, the woman that should have most sympathy is Minna. But, she seems to know her husband quite well by then and doesn't seem to care so much about his for the moment passion for Martha. As I wrote above, Freud is an ashole!

Anyway, I quite liked this book, and if you like historical fiction do I recommend this book warmly! ( )
  MaraBlaise | May 19, 2019 |
his wife's sister — lived with them 40 yrs — was he a genius or egoist — Germany, Vienna — turn of century — London w/ war — turned in Jews
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Minna Bernays is an overeducated woman with limited options. Fired yet again for speaking her mind, she finds herself out on the street and out of options. In 1895 Vienna, even though the city is aswirl with avant-garde artists and writers and revolutionary are still very few options for women besides marriage. And settling is not something Minna has ever done.

Out of desperation, Minna turns to her older sister, Martha, for help. But Martha has her own problems — six young children, a host of physical ailments, a household run with military precision, and an absent, overworked, disinterested husband who happens to be Sigmund Freud. Freud is a struggling professor, all but shunned by his peers and under attack for his theories, most of which center around sexual impulses, urges, and perversions. While Martha is shocked and repulsed by her husband’s "pornographic" work, Minna is fascinated.
  christinejoseph | May 28, 2018 |
Not my favorite book but it was well-written. Freud comes off like a huge jerk, so that was fun. It held my interest. ( )
  IWantToBelieve | Jul 5, 2017 |
Predictable but well written. The author's description of the period adds to the story. ( )
  LivelyLady | Jul 13, 2015 |
An interesting historical fiction story of Sigmund Freud and his mistress Minna-his wife's sister.
I don't want to give much about the story away. It intently held my interest and the writing was superb! I felt like I was there witnessing the whole affair. Wonderfully done! ( )
  BookaholicBanter | Nov 6, 2014 |
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1895 Vienna. Minna Bernays finds herself out on the street and out of options. She turns to her sister, Martha, for help. Martha has her own problems-- six young children and an absent, disinterested husband who happens to be Sigmund Freud. While Martha is shocked and repulsed by her husband's "pornographic" work, Minna is fascinated. She and Freud embark on what is at first simply an intellectual courtship... yet something deeper is brewing beneath the surface, something Minna cannot escape.

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It is fin-de-siècle Vienna and Minna Bernays, an overeducated lady’s companion with a sharp, wry wit, is abruptly fired, yet again, from her position. She finds herself out on the street and out of options. In 1895, the city may be aswirl with avant-garde artists and revolutionary ideas, yet a woman’s only hope for security is still marriage. But Minna is unwilling to settle. Out of desperation, she turns to her sister, Martha, for help.

Martha has her own problems—six young children and an absent, disinterested husband who happens to be Sigmund Freud. At this time, Freud is a struggling professor, all but shunned by his peers and under attack for his theories, most of which center around sexual impulses. And while Martha is shocked and repulsed by her husband’s “pornographic” work, Minna is fascinated.

Minna is everything Martha is not—intellectually curious, engaging, and passionate. She and Freud embark on what is at first simply an intellectual courtship, yet something deeper is brewing beneath the surface, something Minna cannot escape.

In this sweeping tale of love, loyalty, and betrayal—between a husband and a wife, between sisters—fact and fiction seamlessly blend together, creating a compelling portrait of an unforgettable woman and her struggle to reconcile her love for her sister with her obsessive desire for her sister’s husband, the mythic father of psychoanalysis.
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