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Told from the unsympathetic perspective of one of Miss Brodie's students, the novel explores themes of innocence and betrayal and the tension between cold rationality and unchecked emotionalism.
"A gloriously witty and polished vignette." ( Times Literary Supplement)
"Admirably written, beautifully constructed, extremely amusing, and deeply serious." ( Saturday Review)
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By Kathleen on 01-04-08
creme de la creme
Ms. May delivers this classic with her usual nuanced precision, moving between voices, young and old, male and female, high born and low, flawlessly. Though you may have read this book years ago, it has surprises on re-reading. It is a tale of complex characters that leaves you divided in your sympathies. This is a short novel that has stood the test of time and Ms. May's expert narration is theatre for the ear.
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By Vered on 01-24-13
"There was a Miss Jean Brodie in her prime"
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I highly recommend this short novel. It is a very well written story about innocent impression, that evokes sympathies that change as the 'girls' grow up.
I kept reminding myself that the book was published in the early 60's, but i'm not sure it required such reminders, being so much ahead of its time.
unlike the initial impression, i found in the book, much beyond the 'growing up' aspect.
It was especially touching, to recognize the author in 'Sandy', and realise that Spark was inspired by her own 'Miss Brodie in her prime'.
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