Claudine is the prettiest, smartest and wildest girl in her class. A mischievous 15-year-old who delights in rollicking through the dusty corridors of a parochial school in provincial France, Claudine manipulates her less-astute classmates and her feeble-minded professors. This vivid, honest portrait of adolescent life in turn-of-the-century Montigny was shocking to some readers when it first appeared. Today the novel still sparkles with the freshness and edge that excited readers almost 100 years ago.
Released amid critical outrage due to its sexually suggestive content, Claudine at School has since garnered due praise for its witty but mordant depiction of a young woman’s coming-of-age experience at a girls’ secondary school in provincial France. Claudine relies on her sharp tongue and rebellious exploits to cope with the stifling privation, jealous backbiting, and sexual mistreatment that define her teenage years. Prolific actress Barbara McCulloch shines as the impish 15-year-old, capturing the sprightly wit and curious intellect that belies Claudine’s rejection of propriety, servility, and other supposedly feminine virtues.
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