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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
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Read from April 29 to May 04, 2011

I have been drawn to this book for a while and then finding a copy for £3 in HMV, I had it and read it immediately.
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, about Italy and art and music. More about Edinburgh and the darker side and how it applied to their lives and how it didn't apply to their lives. More about Miss Brodie's surprising political views, why she thought that way, espeically when it turns out to be so important. More about why Sandy became a nun, and what happened to Jenny then? And Monica? I'm missing the point, I know, by wanting all these things but that's just what I wanted, more!
I want to say more about this book, discuss the girls and ideas but I don't feel like I have much to go on. The birthday tea that Jenny attends at Sandy's house was my favourite though. I want pineapple and cream for my birthday this year. I liked the cosy feel of a dark afternoon spent in an Edinburgh town house dreaming of stories with your best friend and the feeling of the house drenched in a twilight blue and the moon.
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