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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie: A Novel (P.S.) (original 1961; edition 2009)

by Muriel Spark

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Title:The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie: A Novel (P.S.)
Authors:Muriel Spark
Info:Harper Perennial Modern Classics (2009), Paperback, 160 pages
Collections:Fiction, Your library
Tags:Fiction, Fiction - Classic, Literature, Classic - Scottish, They Made A Movie From It, Schools, 20th century

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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark (1961)


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The Prime of Maggie-Smith-as-Miss Jean Brodie is what I really read. Having seen the movie first, it was impossible to disentangle the movie images from the book. The book felt surprisingly slight, but some delightful scenes nonetheless. ( )
  TheBookJunky | Apr 22, 2016 |
I saw the 1969 movie starring Maggie Smith many years before reading the book, and I'm not sure which I like better, the film or the novel. This is a rare case where both are outstanding. Jean Brodie is one of the most fascinating female characters I've ever come across. A manipulative charismatic fascist, she's disturbingly easy to like, and even admire at times. Which is, of course, the key to demagogues. If they lacked the power to lure you in, they wouldn't be so dangerous.
  Bill.Dawson | Apr 18, 2016 |
Book Club #2 February 2016. My first time reading Spark - came across this through the Guardian's top 100 list. Odd book! ( )
  aine.fin | Feb 19, 2016 |
A good introduction to Spark. Deceptively slim, but chock full of charm and wit. And always deserving of another read - as we age we bring to it a new depth. ( )
1 vote dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Listed in the 1001 books you must read before you die http://www.listology.com/list/1001-books-you-must-read-you-die

Listed in The Guardian's 1000 best novels http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jan/23/bestbooks-fiction

This is a World Book Night book that I was lucky enough to be given last year.

I can't believe it's taken me all these years to finally read this - especially as I read my first Murial Spark as a teenager & have read many other, less famous, of her works. In other words, I'm a fan, so of course, I sped through the book and really enjoyed it.

I doubt there's anyone that doesn't know of Miss Jean Brodie, the Marcia Blaine School for Girls or the 'creme de la creme' that are the Brodie set, but unlike the film adaptation, this follows the girls as they move from Miss Brodie's class to secondary school & glimpses of their later lives. The author captures the thoughts of 'the girls' so well, their naivety when they're younger and the dawning understanding as they mature. And as for Jean Brodie herself, the epitomy of that lost generation of post war women, destined to be spinsters following the Great War and throwing themselves into causes - good or bad.

Wonderful book. ( )
1 vote Cassandra2020 | Jan 24, 2016 |
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She writes with cool exactness, a firm voice (each tale has its own) and compassionate wit. In her new novel (originally published last fall, in shorter form, in The New Yorker), she deals with a violent woman whose romantic spirit is impatient with all but the Absolute.

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The boys, as they talked to the girls from Marcia Blaine School, stood on the far side of their bicycles holding the handlebars, which established a protective fence of bicycle between the sexes, and the impression that at any moment, the boys were likely to be away.
'This is Stanley Baldwin who got in as Prime Minister and got out again ere long,' said Miss Brodie. 'Miss Mackay retains him on the wall because she believes in the slogan "Safety First". But Safety does not come first. Goodness, Trust and Beauty come first. Follow me.
"We shall discuss tomorrow night the persons who oppose me' said Miss Brodie. 'But rest assured they shall not succeed.''No,' said everyone. 'No, Of course they won't.''Not while I am in my prime. It is important to recognize the years of one's prime, always remember that,..'
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"La Vera Miss Brodie" is not the same work as "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie": it is an Italian article. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie = Gli anni in fiore della signorina Brodie (or Gli anni fulgenti di miss Brodie)
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The elegantly styled classic story of a young, unorthodox teacher and her special--and ultimately dangerous--relationship with six of her students.

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A teacher at a girl's school in Edinburgh during the 1930s comes into conflict with school authorities because of her unorthodox teaching methods.

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