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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie MP3 CD – 1 Jul 2007

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Product details

  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; MP3 Una edition (July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433206153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433206153
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.4 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,100,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Muriel Spark is one of the few writers on either side of the Atlantic with enough resources, daring, and stamina to be altering, as well as feeding, the fiction machine...We are never out of touch in a Spark novel with the happiness of creation; the sudden willful largesse of magic and wit, the cunning tautness of suspense."-John Updike, "The New Yorker"
"One of our greatest living novelists." -"The Times
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"Spark's powers of invention are apparently inexhaustible." -"Commonwealth"
"[Spark is] one of this century's finest creators of comic-metaphysical entertainment." -"New York Times"
"Some of [Spark's] finest fictions are novellas rather than novels, short enough to be read in a single dizzying sitting." -David Lodge
"[Spark] has written some things that seem likely to go on being read as long as fiction in English is read at all." -"New York Times Book Review" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Muriel Spark's most famous novel newly recorded for audio --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Muriel Spark's masterpiece, and a timeless classic - this slim novel immortalises the enigmatic schoolteacher, Miss Brodie, at a prestigious Edinburgh girls' junior school in the 1930s. Idolised and revered by her six special girls, "The Brodie Set", for her free spirit and avant garde lessons, she is despised and viewed with suspicion by her colleagues, especially headmistress Miss Mackay, for much the same reasons.

The novel traces the girls' relationship with Miss Brodie when they were ten in 1930, and tapers off when they turn eighteen in 1938. As they grow older and move off to senior school, Miss Brodie is still very much a part of their lives, and Miss Brodie takes them into her confidence, revealing her ambivalent relationships with Mr Lowther, the music teacher, and Mr Lloyd, the art teacher, the latter who had lost his arm in the war.

The girls are variously intrigued by Miss Brodie's stories about herself and increasingly drawn into them. It becomes clear that they are mere pawns in her thwarted relationships, when Miss Brodie is obsessed with the idea that one of the girls should bear out her relationship with one of her would-be-lovers when she turns sixteen, in a dangerous case of vicarious fulfilment. The loyalty of the girls are continually tested, and as they mature, it is inevitable that at least one of them would break out of the haze of blind devotion to ultimately betray Miss Brodie.

A daring novel that pushes the boundaries of propriety even as it questions the right of influence of certain figures in young lives, the solace and threat of group identity, and the complexity of personalities like Jean Brodie's, who (dangerously) makes the distinction between good and bad a moot point.
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this is such a classic story , will read more than once
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A few years ago I watch the film adaptation of this book staring Maggie Smith and loved it, so it was high time I read the book! I really enjoyed the book, and it certainly has a very strong style. What I particularly enjoyed was the last 2 chapters, where we start to see the true Miss Jean Brodie through reflecting her behaviour and lessons to the students over the last 8 years. The psychological analysis of her type of person was really interesting to me.

I also really enjoyed how the novel, despite flying forwards and backwards constantly to add commentary, still had a great fluidity to it.

A good little read, didn't take long to complete. Only complaint would be the length of the chapters, though was is subjective just because I like shortish chapters which makes it easy to put the book down.
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I've recently read a few books which have been compared to this on because the subject matter is similar: the effect on the young and impressionable made by a charismatic, rather shady teacher. And rather found myself thinking `comparisons are odious' as the later books seemed variously overwritten or self-indulgent, or desperately trying to shock for shock's sake, heavy-handed or crude.

it was an absolute delight to return for a re-read to the book those others were compared to - Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

This of course was turned into a film with Dame Maggie Smith as Miss Brodie, but I remember little about the film which I'm pretty sure pops up on TV from time to time, other than Dame Maggie, yet re-reading the book my memories were strong.

What I particularly appreciate is Spark's economy. Books often seem to be getting longer and longer, often for no good reason, and I find myself longing for someone to have slashed and cut writing which can seem indulgent.

This is almost novella, rather than novel, length, yet jam packed with telling image and incident. Spark's mind is glittering and incisive, her love of, and mastery of, language evident in each clean sentence: nothing fussy, nothing fudgy, a sense of an author who can weigh and balance her sentences almost as if they had a precise poetical form which needed to be adhered to. A sense of discipline and craft to counterpoint fine imagination and dark wit.
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Loved the real genteel Edinburgh atmosphere of the novel which is captured superbly but couldn't help thinking it is a bit over rated.
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Great, thank you.
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Unfortunately I found this a slow, trudging read. I did not finish the book!
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The best British women-writer; the novel, interesting and well-written, is as good as her other works. It's interesting that unlike other authors Spark had no ups and downs, all of her novels have a similar quality level, none of them falls behind.
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