The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Jean Brodie is a teacher with advanced and unconventional ideas that put her at odds with the other members of staff at the Marcia Blaine School in Edinburgh, as she endeavours to shape the lives of the select group of girls who form her "set".
Give me a girl at an impressionable age, and she is mine for life.It wasn't until recently that I became aware of how teachers had viewed me during my high school years. To be frank, I was surprised that they had acknowledged me at all, let alone discussed me amongst themselves. This discussion extended out from time to time to parents associated with the school, one of whom is now a very good friend of mine and my reason for knowing about this at all. I was liked, apparently, for being a...more
Miss Jean Brodie is a pretty, young, and unorthodox teacher. She teaches poetry when she should be teaching math and scienc...more
Romantic and statuesque, Miss Brodie has intensity, colour and great self-a...more
But what Spark does here is let the reader see with the eyes of the "Brodie set," of six distinctive girls who follow their teacher in and out of the classroom from their pre-adolescent through their teenage years. We move with Sandy, Rose, Jenny, Monica, Eunice, and Mary from...more
The fame of this novel comes from the strong authorial control over the narrative. Particularly interesting is Spark's manipulation of temporality -- she moves back and forth between present and future with unusual effectiveness.
The other remarkable thing is the broad brushstrokes with which sh...more
James Wood tripped through a small crack in time, giddy like a 5 year old, before he began his lecture on The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. It was a cute, if not a bit unexpected, transformation. He had, it turns out, saved his favorite book -- and the one which delightfully collapsed his age -- for last.
In this novella, Spark, with tragic wit, traces the lives of t...more
Even if the novel did not really click with me, personally, I recognized the ingeniosity of the narrative design, especially in manipulating the timeline in an original way: all the important events are in the past, but instead of the flash-back techniques usually used to do the transition to the present, there is a so-called flash-forward...more
Miss Jean Brodie is a forty-something Scottish school teacher who never tires of reminding people that she is IN HER PRIME. Someday when I have nothing better to do, I may just go through and count how many times we are told by Miss Brodie (and her girls) that she is IN HER PRIME. Meanwhile, whenever I want an excuse for my eccentric behavior, I wil...more
Overall, a s...more
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is about an unorthodox teacher in 1930s Edinburgh who amusingly and dangerously influences six girls aged 10 to 12 in a private school. They are called the Brodie set and they are each famous for someth...more
Jean Brodie is eccentric and unconventional--the "artistic typ...more
I liked it, but I didn't love it as I thought I might. The imagery of 1930s Edinburgh was wonderfully described in places, especially Edinburgh in the evenings and I love Muriel Spark's way and shall definately look out some of her other work. I just wanted a little more. I wanted to know more about the girls and their lives as they grew up, more about Miss Brodie and her Prime, abo...more
This is the story Miss Jean Brodie, school teacher at the conservative Marsha Blaine School For Girls.
It portrays the costumes in Edinburgh in the 1930s when Miss Brodie tries to change the codes of behavior of the next generation girls, "the Brodie set".
This story has been dramatized into the movies The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) with Maggie Smith starring as Miss Brodie.
Suspicion arises over Brodie's method and the headmistress is on a mission for the rogue educators job. Various rumors circulate with the hopes of their validity resulting in the dismissal of Brodie.
Brodie is betrayed, culprit remaining unknown to her only leading her to ponder. Years later the...more
From James Wood essay at the end of the book:
"Brodie talks a great deal about her prime, but we don't witness it, and the nasty suspicion falls that perhaps to talk so much about one's prime...more
I tend to be fond of stories that involve women who challenge the system and its norms and inspire younger women to do the same, but unfortunately this one left me cold.
Miss Jean Brodie is a school teacher, who has captivated a set of girls within the school with her charm and wit and willingness to talk about her love affairs during class. Over and over again, it's mentioned that Brodie is in her prime, though it's never clear what's meant by that phrase. I suppose she's meant to...more
The characters in the book are full of contradictions and Spark shows she also has a real handle on human nature. Not a word is wasted wi...more
At an all-girls school, Miss Brodie, a self-absorbed and somewhat delusional teacher, promises to open the eyes and expand the minds of a select group of students even if it means straying from the school's curriculum.
Dubbed the Brodie set and considered, at least in her eyes, to be the "creme de la creme" of the school, these girls are lucky to be receiving the best Miss Brodie has to offer, as...more