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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
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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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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 |
Just OK, nothing special. ( )
  JennysBookBag.com | Sep 28, 2016 |
You wouldn't think that a manipulative egomaniac fascist trying to mold ten-year-olds into her own likeness to achieve immortality in the face of losing her prime would be such a laugh riot, but there you go. ( )
2 vote xicohtli | Jul 20, 2016 |
This slim novel tells the story of Miss Jean Brodie, a teacher at an Edinburgh school, and the effect she has on a group of her students called The Brodie Set. As the book begins, Miss Brodie determines that she is in the prime of her life, and therefore best able to impart wisdom to her students. Only, the students spend much of their time learning through Miss Brodie's unconventional teaching style which often romanticizes fascism and other political leanings.

The narrative is also unconventional. The chronological storyline is broken every so often by proleptic fits and spurts, so that the reader gradually understands the fates and futures of characters as the story moves along. In this way, the reader/narrator functions as a timeless entity. From the very beginning, you know how the story will ultimately end, but it's in the winding roads to get there that the real beauty of this novel unfolds. ( )
  BooksForYears | Jun 26, 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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Spark, Murielprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Alfsen, MereteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Barbero, SilviaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blythe, GaryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dilé, LéoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
袁凤珠Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
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'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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