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Jan 18, 2009 07:49AM
The first edition I have is 187 pages, not 160 as stated in the description for the newer edition above. So again my status may not reflect reality, but I am breezing through it. I very much like it so far, enough to give a provisional rating of 4 stars. There's a quirky dry sense of humor arising from the eccentricities and pathetic romanticized worldview of Brodie and the cluelessness of her students. Spark tells the story cleverly, going back and forth in time very deftly, giving us information about the fates of "Brodie's Set" and of Brodie herself. The suspense is in seeing how they get there. I like also the insertion into the narrative of the girls' daydreams, especially those of Sandy who imagines herself placed inside classical romance novels or re-imagining Miss Brodie's own unreliably narrated love life. Spark has great control over this material and a wry style, crisp and even patrician. I am liking this - a lot.
Jan 18, 2009 08:55AM
this is how Spark describes Teddy Lloyd's loss of his arm, and how he lost it - succinctly and wittily:
"He had lost the contents of the sleeve in the Great War."
Jul 13, 2009 05:38PM
I just bought this last week to read, I have seen the movie about 4 times so I am hoping the book will bring something new to the table
Jul 13, 2009 08:43PM
Enjoy. It's an unusual book. Brilliantly structured. It skates along; is very short. There's almost a "surface" quality to it, rather than depth, and yet there's lots of depth in the issues it raises. I saw the movie once, and read the book once. And that's probably going to be it for me.
Feb 26, 2011 09:11AM
I am persuaded that fascism might have a whimsical element. I have often noticed -- especially in the last couple of years -- that people with convictions, no matter how mad, will manage to gather believers and admirers around them.
I enjoyed reading your review!
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