We’ve had a brief hiatus but the book group is officially back and barring any unforeseen events will continue for the future. This month we’re meeting on the 14th of November and reading The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark (don’t worry it’s short!). This comes highly recommended from one of our volunteers and is known as something of a modern classic so it should be worth reading.
In 1930s Edinburgh, six ten-year-old girls, Sandy, Rose, Mary, Jenny, Monica, and Eunice are assigned Miss Jean Brodie, who describes herself as being ‘in her prime’, as their teacher. Miss Brodie, determined that they shall receive an education in the original sense of the Latin verb educere, “to lead out”, gives her students lessons about her personal love life and travels, promoting art history, classical studies, and fascism. Under her mentorship, these six girls whom Brodie singles out as the elite group among her students—known as the “Brodie set”—begin to stand out from the rest of the school. However in one of the novel’s typical flash-forwards we learn that one of them will later betray Brodie, causing her to lose her teaching job, but that she will never learn which.
We’ll be meeting at 7.30pm on 14th of November in the shop. Tea and coffee will be provided but you fancy something a little stronger, bring your own.
We don’t require any committment so if you don’t fancy this book or you’re not available this month you can always come next time.
Questions and suggestions for our next book are always welcome.