The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is the first book I’ve read from Muriel Spark. She was one of the authors that I think I’ve met too late in life. I don’t remember how many times I’ve seen her books, but I just didn’t want to read them, and I have no idea why. So when a dear friend mentioned it, I thought it was time. I’m glad I’d have read it; otherwise, I’d have left a good book unread on my shelves. Muriel Spark is an astonishing author.
You will go back to your school years while reading the book. Observe some of your teachers again, and rethink why some students are different. When you are done with your thoughts and go back to the book, you will question whether you want a teacher like Miss Brodie.
The way you look at women and education will change forever. If you are still in school, I strongly recommend you to read this book. You will look at things from a different angle. When your friends say something, you will think of things you did not think before. You will be able to think of your teachers as a person. You will be interested, especially in your women teachers. When they are depressed or happy, you will wonder what is going on in their lives.
This book, known as the masterpiece of Muriel Spark, also interpreted as plays, series and films. You can imagine why it was so popular and adapted to the series and film. Enjoy!
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Romantic, heroic, comic and tragic, unconventional schoolmistress Jean Brodie has become an iconic figure in post-war fiction. Her glamour, unconventional ideas and manipulative charm hold dangerous sway over her girls at the Marcia Blaine Academy – ‘the crème de la crème’ – who become the Brodie ‘set’, introduced to a privileged world of adult games that they will never forget. Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie was adapted into a successful stage play, and later a film directed by Ronald Neame and starring Maggie Smith.
Dame Muriel Sarah Spark DBE, CLit, FRSE, FRSL was a Scottish novelist, short story writer, poet and essayist.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: