The story moves very slowly, and things really only start to happen in the final act, yet I was never bored by this book Doris Lessing s writing is like one of the finer social satirists of the 19th or early 20th century, writing about contemporary events, or at least contemporary for the 1980s, when this book was written The Good Terrorist is about Alice Mellings, who is, with great and lasting irony, exactly the sort of comfy making, boo boo kissing motherly type as her own mother was, even though Alice is now a revolutionary who spits on everything her horrible, awful, no good shitty bourgeois parents stand for, when she isn t begging them for money and stealing from them when they won t give it. The grown woman of solidly middle class Brits, Alice was given everything by her par After the Boston Marathon bombing, I had to reread this book Everything I could say about it within that context that it shows the danger of the cause trumping morality that terrorists are frightening not because they re monsters but because they aren t sounds trite and obvious So I won t focus on those points, other than to say that yes, Doris Lessing does them full justice without being the least bit hamhanded. Many of the Goodreads reviews of this book have mentioned how difficult it is to enjoy a book whose characters are so unlikable Lessing reminds me in that respect of Shirley Jackson s early novel The Road Through The Wall. The difference is that Jackson s work is peopled with dozens of characters, every one of whom is at least off putting and ma Aatteesta Ja Uhosta, Kiehtovista Vallankumoushaaveista Ja Todellisuudesta Alice Mellingsin Tarina Oliko H N Hyv Ihminen Vai Hyv TerroristiOlipa Kerran Pieni Tytt , Jonka Nimi Oli Alice H Nell Oli Iti, Jonka Nimi Oli Dorothy Er N Aamuna Alice Oli Keitti Ss Ja Dorothy Valmisti H Nen Lempivanukastaan Ja Pikku Alice Sanoi Iti, Olenhan Min Kiltti Tytt Kiltist Alicesta Kasvaa Kiltti Aikuinen, Maailmanparantaja H N On Mukana Kommunistisessa Ryhm Ss , Joka Nauttii Yhteenotoista Poliisien Ja Vallanpit Jien Kanssa Ryhm N Kuuluu Alicen Lis Ksi H ✓ The Good Terrorist Ó Download by Ê Doris Lessing Nen Miesyst V Ns Jasper, Lesbolaispariskunta Roberta Ja Faye Sek Muutamia Muita Innokkaita Vallankumouksellisia He Valtaavat Purkutalon Lontoon Liepeilt Ja Idillinen Alice P See Touhuamaan Syd Mens Kyllyydest H N Tekee Tuosta Haisevasta Loukosta Todellisen KodinLiiallinen Kodikkuus Kuitenkin H Iritsee N It Vallankumouksen Miehi Ja Naisia He Haluavat Tositoimiin Ja Ottavat Yhteytt IRA Han, Jossa Kuitenkin L Hinn Hym Hdet N N Ille Amat Reille Eik KGB Ole Sen Suopeampi T St Nolosta Tilanteesta Voi P St Vain Antamalla Todellisen N Yt N N In Tapahtuu Eik Mik N J EntiselleenMinne Katosi Kiltin Alicen Omatunto Miten Kotileikki Vallankumoushaaveineen Muuttui Todelliseksi Terrorismiksi Vai Muuttuiko Sittenk N Doris Lessing Tutkailee J Lleen Ter V Sti Ihmissuhteiden Verkostoa, Yksil N Edellytyksi Toimia Joukossa Rehellisesti, Itse N Kuunnellen . It s been about 2 weeks now since I ve finished The Good Terrorist, and so I m in that place where I feel most compelled but least capable of writing a review Since that s never stopped me before, here goes. I must applaud Lessing for her skill at creating characters, Alice in particular, who are utterly annoying, petulant, stupid, dangerously immature, and appallingly destructive These characters wrap their fundamental laziness and selfishness in a cloak of ignorant, misguided, sociopathological ideology, and revel in their victimhood while blaming everyone but themselves for their pathetic lot in life If I met these people in real life, my inner school marm would, I know, come blazing forth and I would give them each a right tongue lashing, berating them for being the spoilt children they are Okay, I would probably do that later, i There are a lot of defenders of the notion that satire doesn t actually have to obviously criticize whatever odious mechanisms are incorporated into its workings in order to call itself such Those people can stay in their paradisaical lah dee dah I Live In A Vacuum Land and far far away from me If I wanted to engage with normalizing of Everything Fucked Up In The World instead of deconstructing the lot entirely, I d go nearly everywhere else other than the world of satire True, not all is written in my vein of goal True, even some of that which is in my lane does harm than good However, thinking s a good thing to do I like thinking I m going to keep on starting there rather than within the brick wall a great deal seem to prefer. The interesting thing about empathy is how easily it is trained It does not communicate It does not seek to change itself What it does is push the empathet ¶ The Good Terrorist ¶ ,.
Meh und W h Was hat die Kritikerin der WELT ber dieses Buch geschriebenDie gute Terroristin ist eine dramatische und literarisch aufregende Mischung aus Thriller, Gesellschaftsroman, Zeitgem lde und einem gl henden Pl doyer, dem Terror endlich eine endg ltige Absage zu erteilen Meine Meinung Ein spr des langweiliges nichtssagendes Werk in dem gehirntote gelangweilte Kinder der Oberschicht mit einem ausreichenden sozialen Netz a bissi rebellieren, Kommunismus und Arbeiterklasse spielen, alle verachten auch jene Arbeiter, f r die sie zu k mpfen vorgeben , bl de Parolen von Faschisten und Klassenkampf klopfen, die Eltern beklauen, demonstrieren, a bissi dilletantisch Bombenattentate ausf hren usw usf Die paar authentischen wirkl My one line review in the interests of brevity would be an 80s tragicomedy which is sadly less dated that one might like. Early in the novel so early that it can t be regarded as a spoiler, unless you are an extremely slow reader, the hapless, hopeless bunch of want to be radicals take a vote and decide to affiliate with the Irish Republican Army IRA , a well known and long running paramilitary organisation then engaged in fighting the UK government and Loyalist view spoiler ie Protestant hide spoiler I was thinking the other day about C. S Lewis s The Last Battle, a book which I utterly loathe As I said in my review, you can pardon the uninspired writing or the preachiness What gets me angry is the subplot with Puzzle the donkey, who fronts the religious coup and, somehow, is whitewashed and receives eternal salvation Apparently, because his unspeakably evil acts were performed in good faith, everything is fine The surprising thing is that Lewis lived though WW II, and was writing not that long after the Nuremberg trials, which, I thought at least, ought to have established for that generation that it s not sufficient merely to say that one was obeying orders. Lewis gets away with it, at least as far as some people are concerned, partly because you aren t shown any direct chain of cause and effect between Puzzle s actions and the reign of terror those actions unleash So it seem