The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Paperback Book

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Paperback

Part of the Penguin Essentials series

3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Muriel Spark's classic The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie features a schoolmistress you'll never forget, in this beautifully repackaged Penguin Essentials edition. 'Give me a girl at an impressionable age, and she is mine for life ...' Passionate, free-thinking and unconventional, Miss Brodie is a teacher who exerts a powerful influence over her group of 'special girls' at Marcia Blaine School.

They are the Brodie set, the creme de la creme, each famous for something - Monica for mathematics, Eunice for swimming, Rose for sex - who are initiated into a world of adult games and extracurricular activities they will never forget.

But the price they pay is their undivided loyalty ...The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a brilliantly comic novel featuring one of the most unforgettable characters in all literature. 'Muriel Spark's novels linger in the mind as brilliant shards' John Updike 'Spark's most celebrated novel' Independent 'There is no question about the quality and distinctiveness of her writing, with its quirky concern with human nature, and its comedy' William Boyd 'A brilliant psychological figure' Observer Muriel Spark was born and educated in Edinburgh. She was active in the field of creative writing since 1950, when she won a short-story writing competition in the Observer, and her many subsequent novels include Memento Mori (1959), The Ballad of Peckham Rye (1960), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961), The Girls of Slender Means (1963) and Aiding and Abetting (2000).

She also wrote plays, poems, children's books and biographies.

She became Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1993, and died in 2006.


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I need to mull this book over a bit, so my rating may change. Miss Brodie is a bit strange, especially towards the end. Sandie's internal imaginings were amusing, amusing but I didn't really understand her feelings about Miss Brodie at the end...

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A story about an eccentric and progressive teacher in an Edinburgh girls’ school that have her special favorite pupils who become known as "the Brodie set” - Miss Brodie is an interesting character - and the premise of the story also interesting. How far can you go, should you go in molding students thinking? An exploration of the peculiar relationship between a strong willed mentor and young minds who still needs molding.Miss Brodie’s unusual way of diverting from the curriculum puts her in conflict with the schools principal - and we know from the start that someone in the “Brodie set” will betray Brodie. I had a hard time following this novel in the first part. Specially separating the different girls in the “Brodie-set”.The novel starts very abrubtly and shifts back and forth in time. But by the end the novel focus on only two of the girls and you will know who betrays Brodie. Of course by that time her relationship with her favorite girls have become a dangerous manipulation game of sex and love affairs. A very literate modern novel written in a very confusing way with quick and short flashbacks all the time. Some will love it - I didn’t.

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