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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

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Dame Muriel Spark's classic novel, originally published in 1961.

At the staid Marcia Blaine School for Girls, in Edinburgh, Scotland, teacher extraordinaire Miss Jean Brodie is unmistakably, and outspokenly, in her prime. She is passionate in the application of her unorthodox teaching methods, in her attraction to the married art master, Teddy Lloyd, in her affair with the bachelor music master, Gordon Lowther, and--most important--in her dedication to "her girls," the students she selects to be her creme de la creme. Fanatically devoted, each member of the Brodie set--Eunice, Jenny, Mary, Monica, Rose, and Sandy--is "famous for something," and Miss Brodie strives to bring out the best in each one. Determined to instill in them independence, passion, and ambition, Miss Brodie advises her girls, "Safety does not come first. Goodness, Truth, and Beauty come first. Follow me."

And they do. But one of them will betray her.

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"A perfect book." -- Chicago Tribune

"Novel by Muriel Spark, published in 1961 and adapted for the stage in 1966. The story of an eccentric Edinburgh teacher who inspires cultlike reverence in her young students, the novel is Spark's best-known work. The novel explores themes of innocence, betrayal, and cold rationality opposed to unchecked emotionalism. The story of Miss Brodie's ultimate downfall is told from the unsympathetic perspective of one of her students." -- from The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

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9780061711299
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This item received 3 stars overall. A novel about the power certain people can have over shaping whom we become.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is an interesting fictional study on the power certain figures can have on young minds that are in the process of being shaped. The story, set in the 1930s, centers on an unconventional schoolteacher in a traditional and conservative Edinburgh girls' school. When they were 10 years old, Miss Brodie chose six girls that would become known as the "Brodie set," each hand-chosen for a certain attribute they possessed, or the promise of something she believed they held. By the time they reach age 16, each of the six girls are recognized as one of Miss Brodie's girls, each famous in the school for something - mathematics, stupidity, gymnastics and swimming, sex, beauty, vowel sounds. The group is "held in suspicion and not much liking" by those at the school, and are "vastly informed on a lot of subjects irrelevant to the authorized curriculum." Throughout the book, which goes back and forth between the girls at various Full Review...

 
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