The prime of Miss Jean Brodie / Muriel Spark.
Publication year: 2013
Publisher: London : Penguin Books,
ISBN: 9780241964002 (pbk.) :
Originally published: London: Macmillan, 1961.
Miss Brodie is a teacher who exerts a powerful influence over the group of 'special girls' at the Marcia Blaine Academy. Each is famous for something & are initiated into a world of adult games & extra-curricular activities they will never forget.
127 pages ; 20 cm
Muriel Spark should have got the Nobel Prize for Literature. Many would agree that her work developed and indeed improved after this 1961 book. It fulfilled all the criteria for successful writing - 1) Apposite title 2) Wonderful opening paragraph 3) Clear delineation of characters who "lived on the page" 4) Involving plot 5) Genre crossing i.e. social history, educational comment, a book about "growing up". Wonderful last sentence! Everyone enjoyed it and are now very keen to read more of her work!
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