The Good Terrorist by Doris Lessing

The Good Terrorist

Doris Lessing

fiction politics reflective slow-paced

400 pages | first published 1985

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The Good Terrorist follows Alice Mellings, a woman who transforms her home into a headquarters for a group of radicals who plan to join the IRA. As Alice struggles to bridge her ideology and her bourgeois upbringing, her companions encounter unexp...
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challenging 60%
dark 60%
reflective 60%
tense 60%
adventurous 20%
emotional 20%
funny 20%
informative 20%
mysterious 20%
sad 20%


slow 85%
medium 14%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 75% | A mix: 25%

Strong character development?

No: 40% | Yes: 40% | It's complicated: 20%

Loveable characters?

No: 60% | It's complicated: 20% | Yes: 20%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 60% | Yes: 40%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

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