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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Feb 01, Caroline rated it really liked it. As to the last, rereading Compulsion in the twenty-first century, more than fifty years after the novel was written and at a distance of close to a century from the Roaring Twenties when the crime took place, one cannot help being impressed by the candor with which homosexuality is treated.

What was Raskolnikov after all but a weak sentimentalist, full of moral and religious drivel? For a new reading generation as well as its loyal fans comes this reissued classic, a riveting and literary thriller about the basic drives that compel us to act in the name of good or evil.


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Open Preview See a Lvin Ora, siamo nel But always you will find such persons at pains to justify their actions in terms of law, rather than by pretending to be above the law. Always physically touchy, Judd overreacted, wrenching away.

There was still, from yesterday, a quivering elation, as when you catch your balance on a pitching deck.


It is only one descriptor. There were few people on the street, and anyone observing them might think they were only throwing some junk into the box. Throughout his 60 years of professional work, Levin was a constant innovator, reinventing himself and stretching his literary style with astonishing versatility. Based on the Leopold and Loeb murder of Bobbie Franks, the reprint of the true crime novelization remains a powerful dramatization that looks closely at why they did it and the impact of the cold-blooded murder on families and communities years afterward….


The murderers unsurprisingly have a lot of issues with women, but unfortunately the women in the book seem there to act out the weird ideas. Want to Read saving….

In himself, it had perhaps produced a slight quickening, but he was holding it ,eyer, Judd was sure. The highest level of the Nazi hierarchy adhered t Review: This does not exactly make for a compelling read. He had wanted this to be a perfect day between them.

Not that he had ever for a moment felt in danger of being out of control. I know how much he’ll like it. When the author, through the voice of his alter ego, cub reporter Sid Silver, says he must imagine certain scenes or thoughts he could not personally witness, he is not merely taking artistic license to justify dramatic moments.

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.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. At that time, crimes against children, while not as common as today, were not as exposed. Get it free with day trial. Their parents separated them.

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Ultimately, Judd and Artie are caught and they confess and are put on trial, which is when the parents arrange for Wilk to defend them. Instead a version of the same story dramatized by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett reached Broadway.

Levin, comunque, ricostruisce l’omicidio e il processo alla ricerca di queste cause. Chicago, 21 maggio So much so that the boys were forced to hide their relationship in order to avoid the censure of their families as well as their friends, and society as a whole.

COMPULSION by Meyer Levin | Kirkus Reviews

In fact I read it in its French translation, which I found a bit flawed in some parts. Artie only rolled over, patting the ground for Judd levib squat. It was sensationalized in the media of the time as “the crime of the century” and “the trial of the century. This Help Keep the City Clean box had seemed to give the entire adventure the proper sardonic flavor, this garbage box of life. Farrell called “one of the most serious and ambitious novels yet produced by the current generation of American novelists.


Three decades had passed since he meydr attended the University of Chicago, his own undergraduate years overlapping with those of Leopold and Loeb, where he had reported on the sensational trial as a cub reporter for the Chicago Daily News.

Then Artie told him to take Ellis Avenue. McKinnon had come to a pause; he had lifted up the entire structure of human law and was holding it aloft compulsjon them to admire, perhaps not so much the structure itself as his Atlas feat in lifting it.

Subsequently he was an early entrant into Nazi concentration camps as a war correspondent. Please provide emyer email address. The dignity, the consistency, of the deed had been broken; they were no longer compuosion gods, but caught boys squirming to throw blame, and he wanted only to detach himself so he might at least retain his own idea of integrity.

But suppose on the wildest chance the car were discovered and under chemical analysis the spots proved. In another sense too, the Loeb-Leopold case belongs more to the ’50’s than the ’20’s when it was a singular, and shocking phenomenon; today meyrr such as this, “”a crime for crime’s sake”” or compuleion “”crime in a vacuum”” has become something of a commonplace. 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.

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