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Vienna Triangle Paperback – January 1, 2009
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Brenda Webster is a talented, intellligent writer and the narrative is clear and lucid. However, I ended up feeling that the historical novel may not be her strength. The way the story is set up is kind of clumsy and requests too much of the reader in terms of a willing suspension of disbelief (it's built upon a chance encounter literally on the street in Provincetown, Massachusetts). She also displays a certain carelessness with facts that is unnerving when one is anticipating an historically accurate portrayal of important personalities and events. Example: she breezily mentions the novel's protagonist, Kate, going over the record player and putting on "The Doors,' 'Dance With Me Baby'." That song was recorded first by Paice Ashton Lord in 1976, several years after the Doors ceased to exist. It's not that this factoid is vital to the plot of "Vienna Triangle," but in my experience when an author gets little, incidental facts wrong this casts doubt as to the care with which she assembled the more essential historical points, as well.
Louis Breger, Ph.D. Author: Freud: Darkness in the Midst of Vision
Vienna Triangle is rich and enjoyable in many ways large and small: comparing Freud's reaction to Tausk to that of someone who viscerally can't stand oysters; subtly bringing out the complexities of Helene's love life and married life; and dealing with the ramifications of masochism, aggression, passivity, etc., never didactically, but as the characters concretely experience them.
For me, the novel seamlessly weaves together fiction and reality, so magically that I didn't want to know which was which, at least until I finished the book and only then turned to "The Afterward."