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".
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
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 pretty, young, and unorthodox teacher. She teaches poetry when she should be teaching math and scienc...more
Review from 2011: This novella wasn’t quite as I’d imagined it to be, but it was rather a good read. Miss Jean Brodie was an intriguing character and Spark’s writing style was interesting. I liked the way in which she kept referring to the fut...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
Jean Brodie is eccentric and unconventional--the "artistic typ...more
Romantic and statuesque, Miss Brodie has intensity, colour and great self-a...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.
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
Miss Jean Brodie has all the traits you hate in characters -- she's manipulative, a fascist, she's selfish... And yet, somehow, she's engaging. I've got to give credit to Muriel Spark for writing a thoroughly enjoyable book centering around a character I can't stand -- usually, I close a book if I don't like the protagonist... But I think the main reason I finished this book (and loved it) is because it is about who betrayed Miss Brodie...
When my mum (who's copy of this book I read) recommended...more
Brodie is a talented teacher, she spins romantic tales of long lost lovers, she expounds on and on about, love, loss and the highlands, thereby manip...more
I loved Sandy's imagination and her conversations with Alan Breck and Rochester and Sergeant Anne Grey; I love Spark's economy of language and the...more
Quick synopsis [no spoiler]: Miss Brodie is a teacher in a private Edinburgh girls' school. The six girls that become her 'set' are about 10 or 12 when they become her aco...more
Miss Brodie is an unconventional teacher at an all-girls school in Scotland right before the outbreak of World War II. She believes Hitler and Mussolini are heroes, tells her girls repeatedly about her lost love that fell during the Great War, and fights for her job on a...more
Set primarily in the 1930s, the bo...more