[Daily article] February 8: 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

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Mary, Queen of Scots, was executed at Fotheringhay Castle for
her involvement in the Babington Plot to murder her cousin, Elizabeth I
of England.


A series of mysterious hoof-like marks known as the Devil’s
Footprints appeared in the snow in Devon, England, and continued
throughout the countryside for between 40 and 100 miles (64 and
161 km).


Newspaper and magazine publisher William D. Boyce established
the Boy Scouts of America, expanding the Scout Movement into the United


The official groundbreaking for the Walk of Fame took place in
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.


A freak storm in the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan
triggered a series of at least 36 avalanches that buried over 3.5 km
(2.2 mi) of road, killed at least 172 people and trapped over 2,000

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

The fatty components of milk and other dairy products.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  The real struggle is not between East and West, or capitalism and
communism, but between education and propaganda.  
–Martin Buber

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