The Reason why: An Anthology of the Murderous Mind

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Ruth Rendell
Crown Publishers, 1996 - 244 من الصفحات
One of the world's most acclaimed mystery writers present a fascinating collection of writings about murder than delve into the human passions, terrors, and foibles that incite it and linger in its wake. Seeking to understand what drives peoples to murder, Ruth Rendell devides her gallery of murderers by their thoughts and motives: killing in the family, killing for revenge or for gain, murder driven by guilt, murder as a means of escape, as an altruistic act, or out of sheer evil, and, finally, murder for murder's sake. The pieces, ranging from poetry and prose to drama, probe into the minds murderers accross time, representing their thoughts, boasts, dreams, imaginations, remorse, and act seen through the wondering eyes of observers. Rendell's interest in the dark side humanity is the guiding force in her choice of writers - including Shakespeare, Sophocles, Poe, Camus, Capote, John Banville, P. D. James, Norman Mailer, and some more surprising choices, such as an extraordinary meditation on a husband's revenge by Brazillian writer Rachel de Queiroz, a treatise on the murderous mind by Sigmund Freud, Melanie Klein on the manic-depressive murderer, and Tolstoy's tale of the convict Aksenof, who refuses to punish the man responsible for his incarceration. Both for the questions about human nature that it leads us to ponder and the sheer enjoyment of fine writing, The Reason Why will appeal to Rendell's own fans, lovers of literature, and anyone who has ever wondered, "How could they do it?"

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THE REASON WHY: An Anthology of the Murderous Mind

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You wouldn't expect an ordinary anthology from Ruth Rendell, but this little book of excerpts has no precedent in the field of crime writing. Rendell's interest, here as in her own fiction, is in the ... قراءة التقييم بأكمله

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I bought this because I read anything by Ruth Rendell (AKA Barbara Vine), and it led me to some other good writers. The title of this collection tells you what fascinates her and dominates her work ... قراءة التقييم بأكمله

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Ruth Rendell (1930-2015) Ruth Rendell was born in Essex, England on February 17, 1930. She was educated at Loughton County High School. Rendell began her career as a journalist. She wrote six novels before sending her work in to a publisher. She writes crime novels and psychological thrillers, and is best known for her Inspector Wexford books. Rendell also writes under the pseudonym Barbara Vine. Rendell has received many awards for her writing, including the Silver, Gold, and Cartier Diamond Daggers from the Crime Writers' Association, three Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America, The Arts Council National Book Awards, and The Sunday Times Literary Award. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Many of her titles have been made into films and made-for-tv movies. Rendell died on May 2, 2015. She was 85 years old.

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