8 May 2016

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Classic #3)

Romantic, heroic, comic and tragic, unconventional schoolmistress Jean Brodie has become an iconic figure in post-war fiction. Her glamour, unconventional ideas and manipulative charm hold dangerous sway over her girls at the Marcia Blaine Academy - 'the crème de la crème' - who become the Brodie 'set', introduced to a privileged world of adult games that they will never forget.


I read The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie as part of the Readathon in April.  It has been a few weeks since I read it so I can't remember too many specifics, but I can see that I gave it two stars, and I'm standing by that rating.

Possibly if you were to study this text more closely as part of an English literature course, there would be lots to say about it, but as a reader approaching it simply as a work of fiction I just thought it was really dull.  The description makes it sound much more interesting than it actually is!  Equally, I couldn't get along with any of the characters; least of all Miss Brodie - she is supposed to be glamorous and obviously the girls in the story aspire to be like her, but she just annoyed me.

I read through to the end but it's not something I would recommend spending much time on.

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