The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The Girls of Slender Means ; The Driver's Seat ; The Only Problem

Book - 2004
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The brevity of Muriel Spark's novels is equaled only by their brilliance. These four novels, each a miniature masterpiece, illustrate her development over four decades. Despite the seriousness of their themes, all four are fantastic comedies of manners, bristling with wit.

Spark's most celebrated novel, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie , tells the story of a charismatic schoolteacher's catastrophic effect on her pupils. The Girls of Slender Means is a beautifully drawn portrait of young women living in a hostel in London in the giddy postwar days of 1945. The Driver's Seat follows the final haunted hours of a woman descending into madness. And The Only Problem is a witty fable about suffering that brings the Book of Job to bear on contemporary terrorism.

All four novels give evidence of one of the most original and unmistakable voices in contemporary fiction. Characters are vividly etched in a few words; earth-shaking events are lightly touched on. Yet underneath the glittering surface there is an obsessive probing of metaphysical questions: the meaning of good and evil, the need for salvation, the search for significance.

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

Publisher: New York : Everyman's Library : Distributed by Random House, 2004
ISBN: 9781400042067
Branch Call Number: FIC SPARK 2004
Characteristics: xxxv, 462 pages ; 22 cm

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Apr 03, 2018

"Not while I am in my prime," she said. "These years are still the years of my prime. It is important to recognize the years of one's prime, always remember that." I cannot explain to the below commentator what the point is. I mean, does art need a point. This edition contains 4 of Scottish writer Muriel Spark's books, the most famous and celebrated of which is "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" (1961). A short, almost novella length, story about an influential teacher, her students, and her eventual undoing, "Prime" still sparkles (pun intended) and shines 60 years later. It was made into a film starring Maggie Smith, for which she won an Oscar.

Feb 04, 2012

Prime of Miss Jean: can someone please explain this book to me? Is there a sympathetic character here? What is the point?


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