Monday, 16 May 2011

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

"Allow me, in conclusion, to congratulate you warmly upon your sexual intercourse, as well as your singing."

Finally, a classic that is worthy of its status! Spark's beautiful and economical prose hooked me from the opening page and is a joy to savor. The feminist and anti-establishment leanings are not heavy handed; rather, the social, political and religious commentary is subtly layered which makes story more powerful and emotionally resonant. Miss Jean Brodie is a fascinating character and the way Spark plays with time, memory and perspective gives the narrative a rich tapestry of authenticity and pathos. I am now eager to seek out more works from this wonderful author.

Read on April 24, 2011

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