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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 Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark first appeared in the New Yorker Magazine and then was published in book form in 1961. This short book of only 127 pages is both elegant and stylish in it’s tale of an unorthodox teacher and her special, and ultimately dangerous relationship with a group of her students. Set in 1930’s Edinburgh, Miss Brodie feels she is entering her “prime” and intends to mold her small group of six girls into the creme d’la creme. Ignoring the preset curriculum she instead instructs them in such varied things as poetry, makeup, her own love life and her admiration for the Italian fascist leader, Mussolini. We learn that one of the girls eventually betrays Miss Brodie, although Miss Brodie never learns which one.

To these young, naive and impressionable young girls Miss Brodie is sophisticated, artistic and glamorous unlike the rest of the more conservative and narrow-minded adults in their lives. They do not see that this woman is over-compensating for the littleness of her life. Through her influence the girls get involved in adult affairs far beyond their years and eventually due to her influence, a young girl runs off to Spain to fight in the Civil War where she subsequently died.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie will be a book that I will long remember. As I was reading I couldn’t help but visualize the 1969 performance of actress Maggie Smith as Miss Jean Brodie. She captured all the nuances of this manipulative yet pathetic woman who involved her students in her own personal drama and abused her authority by encouraging her students in inappropriate behaviour. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Feb 13, 2017 |
This I remember (when I was much younger) was a widely acclaimed movie & book... So when I read a re cent review here, I figured that there was no reason for me to not read it.....

I wanted to like this book, but I didn't:

The way it was written jumping around from person to person, forward, back, & forward again.... made for a very confusing story line.

Miss Jean Brodie was stilted, pretentious & boring.

The students were as boring & not very likable.... ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 8, 2017 |
For a large part this is a rather superficial novel, suited only for young adult girls. At the end it becomes more serious, but in a highly improbable way. ( )
  stef7sa | Jan 5, 2017 |
I was fooled by the first thirty pages of this novel - which to be fair to myself, is already a quarter of the entire book -, thinking it was another light-hearted take on the dark and quirky characterisations - as Spark did in A Far Cry to Kensington - of an academic clique entranced by their charismatic teacher - as The Secret History and its wannabe did. It turns out that under this superficial coating, there was a dark current, an intricate and complex plot dealing with Miss Jean Brodie and her set as a microcosm of facism and Calvinism. And it was all so excellently and almost-subtly done, with its repetitive almost-cutesy catchphrases, prescient flashforwards, and bildungsroman façade, this novel is well worth re-reading for a full effect. Recommended for high-schoolers upwards. ( )
1 vote kitzyl | Nov 27, 2016 |
The creme de la creme. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 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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