The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

This is one of those books one can read and think, “Ah, the scandal”.

A renegade teacher.  A possible not so secret lover.  Betrayal by a student.  What could be better?

The more I’ve worked in education, the more I can appreciate this work.  Jean Brodie has no children of her own, so she cultivates her own group from the students at a small private school where she teaches.  Jean Brodie makes the reader cringe and that is a good thing.  Some people may think she is evil and just plain blind to the world around her.  It depends on the perspective.

Why is this point really her prime, if it is her prime at all?  Perhaps Miss Brodie knows it is now or never to cultivate her legacy.

This book could never happen today.  This is a great, well-written, compact story and a classic.  Don’t cheat by watching the movie.


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