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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie | [Muriel Spark]

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

In the classic work that launched a play, a movie, and a song, Muriel Spark tells the darkly intriguing story of an eccentric Edinburgh teacher and the intense relationship she develops with six of her students. The scandalously outspoken Miss Brodie makes big waves in the conservative Scottish school, preaching the value of art, passion, and daring.
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In the classic work that launched a play, a movie, and a song, Muriel Spark tells the darkly intriguing story of an eccentric Edinburgh teacher and the intense relationship she develops with six of her students.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Kathleen New York, NY, USA 01-04-08
    Kathleen New York, NY, USA 01-04-08
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    "creme de la creme"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Vered 01-24-13
    Vered 01-24-13 Member Since 2008
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    ""There was a Miss Jean Brodie in her prime""
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    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'.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Prosper, TX, United States 01-17-12
    David Prosper, TX, United States 01-17-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Book equivalent of a chick flick"
    Would you try another book from Muriel Spark and/or Nadia May?

    I would not.


    What was most disappointing about Muriel Spark’s story?

    The fact the story was propelled by 'he said, she said'. It was like listening to rumors and chit chat.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie?

    Most of it.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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