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This novel is about a group of unemployed, idealistic left-wing political activists who share a communal house in London. They are a bunch of misfits who blame society for their misfortunes, and are drawn into increasingly violent political/terrorist action.
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The main character, a woman of 36, has an unsatisfactory relationship with a younger man who is basically homosexual. She is emotionally dependant upon him, though apparently strong in other areas of her life.
As the book progresses, the lives of the main characters begin to disintegrate, as they become involved with hard-edged terrorist organisations. Events which take place illustrate their inadequacies, and their lack of self-awareness.
The climax of the story is violent - a pointless act of terrorism, which finally shows how the characters are, despite their concern for humanity, devoid of compassion.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   communists Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians    -   Yes Conflict:    -   Terrorism

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   lesbians! Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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