Taking a few days break after a busy month at work has provided me with a very welcome opportunity to catch up on my reading, and the result is a fairly large pile of books on my current reading list.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Muriel Spark, is, from the standpoint of someone trained in the current ethics of working with young people, a somewhat sinister study in the risks to young people of teachers who cross professional boundaries to pursue a cultish personal relationship with their students. Miss Jean Brodie is a woman in her prime, and determined to encourage a select group of favourites ‘”the crème de la crème”’ as she flatteringly calls them, into a love of truth, beauty and the arts. But it’s the 1930s and Miss Brodie is also worryingly impressed by the ‘achievements’ of Continental fascism, leading one of her students to make the difficult decision to ‘betray’ her for the sake of others.
My Mother’s House and Sido, by Colette. Continue reading “On My Reading List: May 2016”