The scandalously outspoken Miss Brodie makes big waves in the conservative Scottish school, preaching the value of art, passion, and daring. While her bold values inspire an almost cult-like reverence in her young protégées, her politics, rivalries, and frank sensuality lead ultimately to her downfall.
Told from the unsympathetic perspective of one of Miss Brodie's students, the novel explores themes of innocence and betrayal and the tension between cold rationality and unchecked emotionalism.
©1961, 1989 Muriel Spark; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"A perfect book." (Chicago Tribune)
"A gloriously witty and polished vignette." (Times Literary Supplement)
"Admirably written, beautifully constructed, extremely amusing, and deeply serious." (Saturday Review)
Ms. May delivers this classic with her usual nuanced precision, moving between voices, young and old, male and female, high born and low, flawlessly. Though you may have read this book years ago, it has surprises on re-reading. It is a tale of complex characters that leaves you divided in your sympathies. This is a short novel that has stood the test of time and Ms. May's expert narration is theatre for the ear.
I highly recommend this short novel. It is a very well written story about innocent impression, that evokes sympathies that change as the 'girls' grow up.
I kept reminding myself that the book was published in the early 60's, but i'm not sure it required such reminders, being so much ahead of its time.
unlike the initial impression, i found in the book, much beyond the 'growing up' aspect.
It was especially touching, to recognize the author in 'Sandy', and realise that Spark was inspired by her own 'Miss Brodie in her prime'.
I would not.
The fact the story was propelled by 'he said, she said'. It was like listening to rumors and chit chat.
It really didn't have scenes.....it was like listening to a group of girls from another era talk amongst themselves. There was a lot of flash back and flash forward.
Most of it.
The book is well written, provides a window into another culture and era, and the reader did a fine job. However as a male, I didn't like the story, found it boring.
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