Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Freud's Mistress by Karen Mack

 Freud's Mistress

Club Rating:  3.3

 A story of seduction, betrayal, and loss.  After being dismissed from yet another position as a lady’s companion, Minna Bernays sheepishly moves in with her older sister to help run the household and take care of Martha’s six children while Martha’s husband, Sigmund Freud, is refining a set of psychological theories.  Inspired by the supposed affair between Sigmund Freud and his sister-in-law, Freud’s Mistress combines the glamor of high-society Vienna and the squalor and scandal of the servant class.

A lot of discussion was around the roles of the women and men - the men wanting something they couldn't have, the woman being convenient.  The lack of morals put some off but, this exists today that there are women who have a price an are ok with turning a blind eye to what their husbands are doing.