Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Wikipedia article of the day for February 8, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for February 8, 2017 is The Good Terrorist.
The Good Terrorist is a 1985 political novel by Doris Lessing (pictured), a winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. The story examines events in the life of Alice, a naïve and well-intentioned squatter, who moves in with a group of radicals in London, and is drawn into their terrorist activities. Lessing began writing The Good Terrorist after the Irish Republican Army (IRA) bombed the Harrods department store in London in 1983. She had been a member of the British Communist Party in the early 1950s, but later grew disillusioned with it. Some reviewers labelled The Good Terrorist as a satire; Lessing called it humorous. Some focused on Alice's ambivalent nature, as highlighted by the novel's oxymoronic title, describing her as neither a good person nor a good revolutionary. Some were impressed by the book's insight and characterization, while others complained about its style and the characters' lack of depth. The novel was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and won the Mondello Prize and the WH Smith Literary Award.

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