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The horrific murder in of year-old Bobby Franks in Chicago by Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb inspired this acclaimed roman à clef. Meyer Levin (October 7, – July 9, ) was an American novelist. Perhaps best known Meyer wrote the novel Compulsion, inspired by the Leopold and Loeb case. The novel, for which Levin was given a Special Edgar Award by. In Compulsion, originally published in , Meyer Levin strives to answer a As Levin indicates in his preface, the narrator, Sid Singer, is a.

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When Meyer Levin died in he left a remarkable and diverse literary legacy that not only reflected the life he led but chronicled the development of Jewish consciousness during this century.

Compulsion by Meyer Levin

In a street box like this, nothing could remain hidden for more than a few hours; someone would come along and open the lid. Want to Read saving…. Artie had seized a pail and was running water into it. Libro davvero molto bello che aiuta a riflettere su: This does not exactly make for a compelling read.

Cojpulsion by Meyer Levin. Jun 16, Orion rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The idea had been his own contribution, too.

Judd would not have cmpulsion past that house; in fact, he would have gone out of his way to avoid it. Preview — Compulsion by Meyer Levin.

Their story has been fictionali At the time, it was touted as the crime of the century. Just how World War II and the Holocaust link up with the crime committed by Judd and Artie I will leave for the reader to discover in the concluding pages of the novel.


Judd tapped the pocket of his sports jacket.

The “sexual revolution” may not have become mainstream for another decade but its seeds were sprouting in that ostensibly bland s decade, especially during the latter years. Very cocksure they are. Psychology and psychiatry were new subjects in America in the s and I have seen the penetration of these ideas into both American and European literature as I have been reading through the fiction of the s and s. Alone, neither Leopold nor Loeb would likely have committed this murder.

His family was a wealthy one, and willing to pay what it would take to have Bobby returned unharmed.


I know how much he’ll like it. It had to be like some force beyond the levib of gravity itself. That said, this story, pages Based on the true story of the early 20th century Chicago murder by two bright affluent Jewish students, basically for sport. He had no thought of it as something dead.

Jan 11, Sonali V added it. We follow them as they make their ransom demands, despite the fact that Mwyer is already dead, meticulously planning every step so that nothing can go wrong.

In un contesto compulsio cui la folla vuole solo il linciaggio dei due sciagurati ragazzi, il libro narra la storia vera romanzata della ricostruzione delle indagini, degli atti processuali, delle argomentazioni della difesa e dell’accusa. In fact, it was dumb luck that he was chosen to be their victim.


But instead of stopping, Judd drove on a block to where they had last night, after the deed, parked the rented Willys. The complsion unsurprisingly have a lot of issues with women, but unfortunately the women in the book seem there t A fictional retelling of the Leopold and Loeb murders, Compulsion is definitely an interesting xompulsion into the pov of the time when it was meyet. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. To fill in those who are not crime buffs, Compulsion tells the true story of two sons of multimillionaire families who, back in the novel was written inwhen they were nineteen and eighteen years old, respectively, kidnaped and murdered a fourteen-year-old boy simply ostensibly for the thrill of it all, to prove that they could.


It is a serious, horrifying and excellently written novel that portrays the dark side of human nature. Instead of an eye, it was the value of an eye, the value of a tooth, the value of a life, that was now exacted from the criminal.

This book moved compulsioh deeply, lebin the point where I could not choose another book to read after this one for some days. To take the life of a child with no remorse.

Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. This is an account of the Leopold and Loeb murder case of the ‘s, when two wealthy boys murdered another local boy. But the combination of these two boys, who were so advanced for their ages intellectually yet not so much emotionally, was a dangerous one.

Subsequently he was an early entrant into Nazi concentration camps as a war correspondent. The dark investigation of hubris, narcissism and sociopathy keep the reader enthralled from beginning to end. Levin, infatti, dichiara esplicitamente di non essere convinto dalla motivazione, portata da Loeb e Leopold qua chiamati Judd e Artiedi un omicidio compiuto per motivi super-omistici: The rented car, the fake identities, were masterful ideas.