audrey_e (audrey_e) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

17: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Originally posted by audrey_e at Book 17: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
17 THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE Muriel Spark (Scotland, 1961)


In 1930's Edinburgh six young girls begin a lasting friendship with their an eccentric high school teacher, and as a result, they are brought to the forefront of the school's intrigues.

I feel this is one of those novels that need to be read a second time to be fully appreciated. In the meantime, I can say that I enjoyed Spark's writing style, and more specifically the way she unfolded the story of the Brodie set through the use of flashforwards. They made the plot more tense, and emphasized the nostalgia that comes out of this book.
Miss Brodie, despite her altogether charming and annoying eccentricity, may not be the real main character. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is above all a coming-of-age novel, and it is the story of how those six girls ultimately grow up to be who they are that gradually becomes the author's main concern.
This novel was perhaps, in some ways, too subtle for me, and when I realized Miss Brodie herself was not exactly what it was all about, I wish I'd paid more attention to each of the girls' personalities, which is why I'd like to read it again sometime.

Tags: bildungsroman/coming of age, british

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