Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie: Girls of Slender Means, Driver's Seat & the Only Problem (Hardback)
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Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie: Girls of Slender Means, Driver's Seat & the Only Problem (Hardback)

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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. 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.

Publisher: Everyman
ISBN: 9781857152746
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 571 g
Dimensions: 208 x 130 x 25 mm

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“Outstandingly true-to-life”

As an Edinburgh born man, this book sums up for me a very happy childhood in that city of spires and aquatint. It is an Edinburgh which has all but gone but aspects of it survived in the 50's when I was still in... More

Paperback edition
13th December 2010
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“Timeless”

I was surprised, reading Miss Brodie thirty years on, to find that several of the expressions I use as if I had thought them up on the spur of the moment are are based loosly on memories of this book. Brilliant. Not a... More

Paperback edition
18th September 2012
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“The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”

Undoubtedly the theme is religion. Bitter, self-involved and delusional, Miss Brodie tries to control her students as a way to vent out her frustrations over her lost youth.
An interesting prolepsis writing style, but... More

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2nd August 2011
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