Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie / Muriel Spark, read by Nadia May, 187 p.

I suppose I must have seen the film based on this brief novel starring Maggie Smith, but if so I didn't remember it as I was listening to this taut, strange and fascinating tale.  Miss Brodie, a rebellious and unconventional Edinburgh teacher, has a group of 6 young girls that comprise her set.  She opens their minds and wields an outsize influence, but this is no heartwarming tale.  Yes, Miss Brodie gives primacy to the arts and imagination, but alas, she is rather too fond of Mussolini and Franco for her own or anyone else's good.  Weird and wonderful.

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