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Keep up the School's good name (and lie)
on 30 August 2017
I saw the film first and was intrigued by the characters and plot. The film is set in England and the girl who comes into this fusty girl's school is Spanish. In the book, which was of course the original setting, the scene is South Africa and the school rather more like a surreal dreamscape. The author presents herself as a character in the book but does not idealise herself in any way. I found the book slightly suffocating but then that is part of the story's point. It covers important themes of a charismatic teacher who seeks to bring her girls under her personal and sexual power. But she cannot control all and her jealousy runs out of control. The school like most schools of its type naturally tries to suppress the events for the sake of its 'good name'. It made me glad that I had never been tempted to become a teacher!