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The Unknown Terrorist

The Unknown Terrorist From the internationally acclaimed author of Gould s Book of Fish comes an astonishing new novel a riveting portrayal of a society driven by fear What would you do if you turned on the television and

  • Title: The Unknown Terrorist
  • Author: Richard Flanagan
  • ISBN: 9780802118516
  • Page: 444
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the internationally acclaimed author of Gould s Book of Fish comes an astonishing new novel, a riveting portrayal of a society driven by fear What would you do if you turned on the television and saw you were the most wanted terrorist in the country Gina Davies is about to find out when, after a night spent with an attractive stranger, she becomes a prime suspect inFrom the internationally acclaimed author of Gould s Book of Fish comes an astonishing new novel, a riveting portrayal of a society driven by fear What would you do if you turned on the television and saw you were the most wanted terrorist in the country Gina Davies is about to find out when, after a night spent with an attractive stranger, she becomes a prime suspect in the investigation of an attempted terrorist attack In The Unknown Terrorist , one of the most brilliant writers working in the English language today turns his attention to the most timely of subjects what our leaders tell us about the threats against us, and how we cope with living in fear Chilling, impossible to put down, and all too familiar, The Unknown Terrorist is a relentless tour de force that paints a devastating picture of a contemporary society gone haywire, where the ceaseless drumbeat of terror alert levels, newsbreaks, and fear of the unknown pushes a nation ever closer to the breaking point.

    The Unknown Terrorist by Richard Flanagan Chilling, impossible to put down, and all too familiar, The Unknown Terrorist is a relentless tour de force that paints a devastating picture of a contemporary society gone haywire, where the ceaseless drumbeat of terror alert levels, newsbreaks, and fear of the unknown The Unknown Terrorist A Novel Flanagan, Richard The Unknown Terrorist is a thriller with a message Is the West doing damage to itself than the terrorists in its actions to protect society The Doll, a pole dancer in Sydney is an innocent victim of a terrorist scare in Sydney A whole range of people benefitting from the terrorist scare seek to destroy her in all ways possible. The Unknown Terrorist Books The Unknown Terrorist is a thriller with a message Is the West doing damage to itself than the terrorists in its actions to protect society The Doll, a pole dancer in Sydney is an innocent victim of a terrorist scare in Sydney A whole range of people benefitting from the terrorist scare seek to destroy her in all ways possible. The Unknown Terror The Unknown Terror The Unknown Terror Unrated h min Horror, Sci Fi August USA A millionaire leads an expedition into a remote jungle to find his wife s long lost brother, but instead the group finds a mad scientist who has created a The Unknown Terrorist Books The Unknown Terrorist on FREE shipping on qualifying offers The Unknown Terrorist The Unknown Terrorist The Unknown Terrorist by Richard Flanagan Summary and reviews The Unknown Terrorist is set against a background of draconian anti terror laws that were passed in Australia in following the bombings in Bali, Indonesia Written as a wake up call for Australians by an Australian, its story is a powerful morality tale for all of The Unknown Terror Review The Unknown Terrorist by Richard Flanagan Books The unknown terrorist is a bruised and bewildered Sydney lap dancer, picked up on the beach at Bondi by an olive skinned stranger who may or may not be an al Qaeda operative Bombs explode at the The Unknown Terrorist Summary and Analysis like NYTimes The Unknown Terrorist Reviews in the NY Times tend to be lengthy and literary, tracking the book s creation through the development and writing process, with a look at what makes both book and author unique A summary is balanced with details on the book s writing style and themes.

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    About Author

    1. Richard Flanagan says:
      Richard Flanagan born 1961 is an author, historian and film director from Tasmania, Australia He was president of the Tasmania University Union and a Rhodes Scholar Each of his novels has attracted major praise His first, Death of a River Guide 1994 , was short listed for the Miles Franklin Award, as were his next two, The Sound of One Hand Clapping 1997 and Gould s Book of Fish 2001 His earlier, non fiction titles include books about the Gordon River, student issues, and the story of conman John Friedrich.Two of his novels are set on the West Coast of Tasmania where he lived in the township of Rosebery as a child Death of a River Guide relates to the Franklin River, Gould s Book of Fish to the Macquarie Harbour Penal Station, and The Sound of One Hand Clapping to the Hydro settlements in the Central Highlands of Tasmania.

    Comment 760 on “The Unknown Terrorist

    1. Tony says:
      I d like to report a case of identity theft.Someone has taken the name of Richard Flanagan, the author of the brilliant Gould s Book of Fish and the very good Death of a River Guide and published a novel, pretending it to be by him They even used his picture on the back flap I m actually a bit worried because the first sentence was so good it sounded like Flanagan actually wrote it The idea that love is not enough is a particularly painful one.This led me to believe that the kidnappers found him [...]

    2. Mark says:
      Gina is a stripper in Sydney s red light district Gina is her given name but everyone knows her as The Doll She holds dreams of getting out of the business, buying a house, getting a proper education, marrying and having a family or you may say, cliche.On the night of the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney, The Doll sets off to watch as her closest friend, Wilder, as she is performing on one of the floats Here she meets Tariq who she ends up spending the night with and a little cocaine.In the [...]

    3. ·Karen· says:
      A taut, fast paced thriller that owes a huge and well acknowledged debt to B ll s Katharina Blum The similarities are obvious both protagonists spend a night with an attractive stranger who turns out to be a wanted criminal, and then find themselves tried and sentenced by the unscrupulous media Each of them ends by murdering the journalist they see as responsible for the destruction of their personality The differences are interesting B ll s novel is set in the time of the Red Army Faction, and [...]

    4. Lisa says:
      This book is utterly unlike Richard Flanagan s other literary fiction novels If this is the first and only book you have ever read by this Australian writer, don t make the mistake of dismissing him as a writer of polemic not very convincing thrillers His other books, Death of a River Guide, Gould s Book of Fish and Wanting are brilliant, intriguing, complex novels that will reward every millisecond you put into reading them.

    5. Abigail says:
      Ta czcie Ju czas, eby my wszyscy wr cili do ta ca.3.5 5Przede wszystkim Je li chcecie przeczyta Nieznan terrorystk to tylko przy nokturnie f moll Chopina.To nie jest typowa dla Flanagana ksi ka, ale to, co uwielbiam w jego tw rczo ci si nie zmienia brutalna szczero w ukazywaniu wiata, brak strachu przed poruszaniem temat w tabu, a przy tym wr cz niezno na lekko pi ra.I potrafi w ostatnich zdaniach ca kowicie zmieni wymiar ksi ki.

    6. Campion says:
      The cover art and the description of the book on the back cover are, unfortunately, the best part of this book The author seems to want to make the point that people are sheep who enjoy being terrorized and who willingly submit themselves to manipulation by the government and mass media to that end.To make that point which was, even by WW2, utterly a cliche , the author relies on lofty sounding phrases that are utterly empty and two dimensional characters, none of whom are sympathetic I found my [...]

    7. Velvetink says:
      I hope Flanagan isn t going in this thriller direction again Really miss his previous style The one saving grace was that it forced me to listen to Chopin s Nocturnes 29 11 2013 1 0f 20 books for 10 the lot

    8. AnaVlădescu says:
      A solid three star book about a stripper who gets tangled up with a suspected terrorist, therefore becoming a suspect herself The writing is fairly good, the dialogue lacks in parts, and sometimes the plot is a bit too far fetched for my liking, but Flanagan delivers nonetheless an enjoyable read Note This is my 900th shelved book on.


    9. Steve Daykin says:
      This is nothing like other Richard Flanagan books, a second rate polemic thriller I was disappointed

    10. Shannon (Giraffe Days) says:
      Gina Davies, or The Doll , is a pole dancer working in a club in King s Cross, Sydney Her life is simple, she works to save money for her own apartment and has nearly 40,000 already She has no interest in politics or any issues that don t directly relate to her On the night of the Mardi Gras, she bumps into a young man, Tariq, who, the day before, had saved the little son of her best friend, Wilder, from drowning at Bondi He s attractive, and they start dancing before going back to his place He [...]

    11. Azma says:
      The story captivates because the irony and hopelessness of Gina Davies s aka the Doll situation escalates over a couple of days She is unable to rebut her slanderers or to find help without risk Listeners to and readers of the media are relieved that the authorities find their man and woman Her solution to the spreading evil lies about her entire life is solved by her just as she meets her own final doom from the misfired gun of a potential helper Her face the populace associates with their fear [...]

    12. Michael Bohli says:
      Macht bloss nicht den Fehler, diesen Roman als ersten von Richard Flanagan zu lesen Der Autor ist n mlich wirklich talentiert und hat eine gute Hand f r ergreifende Geschichten und eine tolle Sprache Doch leider kam ihm bei diesem Thriller Versuch beides Abhanden Die unbekannte Terroristin wirkt ber viele Seiten wie ein billiger Versuch, ein brisantes Thema vorschnell abzuhandeln und mit einem bekannten Schriftstellernamen rasches Geld zu machen.Sicherlich, Flanagan versteht es auch hier, spanne [...]

    13. Susan says:
      Flanagan states the thesis of this novel for it is a novel in service of an idea right up front The idea that love is not enough is a particularly painful one In the face of its truth, humanity has for centuries tried to discover in itself evidence that love is the greatest force on earth I thought The Unknown Terrorist was terrific, but not at first It was than just well written Flanagan is a dynamite writer, but it seemed to me it was all set up perfectly and it was clear what would happen Tr [...]

    14. Jillwilson says:
      It was interesting reading this at the moment given the almost voyeuristic overkill of the 9 11 anniversary.This is a highly political nobel, even a polemic, arguing that almost anyone can be turned into a terrorist given our shock jock media, two second sound bites and the loss of civil rights through anti terrorism legislation It s not the best writing in the world Flanagan has adapted the thriller genre so none of the characters are fully formed and there are was too many coincidences It s wr [...]

    15. Ti says:
      I had a hard time with this book It started out rough got betterd then ended poorly A young woman, who makes her living as a pole dancer in a gentleman s club, has a one night stand with a handsome stranger This leads the authorities to believe that she is a terrorist Instead of going to the police to explain the situation, she decides to go into hiding My problem with this novel was not her profession or her lack of educationor the dark and depressing subject matter my problem is that the main [...]

    16. James says:
      To say that I was disappointed with this novel would be an understatement After enjoying Flanagan s amazing Gould s Book of Fish I expected a similar performance That did not occur and this novel is pedestrian at best Although the basic outlines of this story come from Heinrich B ll s novel The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum, written in response to the terrorism scares that Germany suffered in the late 1960s and 70s, Mr Flanagan has turned the story into a meditation upon the post 9 11 world, a g [...]

    17. Ali6 says:
      This sounded like an interesting book, but I hate the way it s written Does the author refer to each character by first AND last name EVERY TIME Throughout the ENTIRE book My god, there s nothing that irritates me quicker An annoying example to share Then he turned to Richard Cody and told him that exciting things were afoot at Six.He waited for Richard Cody to say something, and so Richard Cody said something, but it was like telling Jerry Mendes he didn t smoke, for Richard Cody knew whatever [...]


    18. Billie-Jade says:
      This book is equal parts suspenseful, emotional, and sociopolitically relevant A stripper is falsely accused of being a terrorist when she one night dons a burka to enhance her seductiveness and mystery One of her clients is a failing journalist, and hoping to reclaim his career, pitches a story about the stripper s extremist behaviour Bolstering this claim is photographic proof of the stripper and her one night stand lover the man is Muslim , but seems very moderate considering his party animal [...]

    19. Walter Van praag says:
      Always assured of a well researched good read with Flanagan and this is no exception This book chronicles a series of events that lands The Doll, a Sydney Kings Cross Poledancer, as a nation wide hunted suspect terrorist If you ever wondered how a smart young woman ends up working in a strip club, how the media influences our lives and how it effects us do read this captivating book Read how The Doll is chased through life and meet the seedy side of Sydney.Well worth the read

    20. Roy says:
      Although it is very different in tone and style and subject matter, my experience reading this book reminded me a little of how I recently felt reading An Arsonist s Guide to Writers Homes in New England The narrator of that book did one stupid thing after another and the reader was supposed to accept these actions as reasonable because the character is described definned as a bumbler In real life of course people do not fall quite so neatly into such categories Someone may bumble most of the ti [...]

    21. P.A. Baines says:
      This another book I am going to review early because there s a chance I may not finish it.The author writes some excellent prose, but this alone is not enough to make a good story It is rare that my mind will wander during the first few chapters, but this is exactly what happened this morning The prose is good, so what s the problem Basically, I think it comes down to the fact that the author relies almost completely on telling as opposed to showing This is key because a reader will struggle to [...]

    22. Christina Rau says:
      Within the first few pages of Richard Flanagan s The Unknown Terrorist, I learned that Jesus Christ was a terrorist I liked the book already Then I was wisked away from Jesus Christ Terrorist to the strip clubs of Sydney, Australia where a stripper with four names The Doll, Krystal, Gina, and The Black Widow saves her cash in the ceiling instead of using a bank and finds a random man named Tariq to do coke with after giving several lap dances and shoving her bare ass into rich men s faces.The wo [...]

    23. Kim Elith says:
      Even though this was written 10 years ago it feels even relevant to our current political and social climate A complete departure from Flanagan s other works, this is a thriller which exposes and challenges the intolerance, fear and corruption that has characterised Australian society since Bush s era of the war on terror Really riveting and shocking how quickly things escalate when you are fed half truths or alternative facts by politicians and the media highly recommended.

    24. Susan Leonard says:
      Young woman has a date with a hot guy only to find out the next day that he is wanted by the police as a terrorist and she is sought as his accomplice I thought this sounded like a great story, and the blurb on the back cover was glowing.Overall I was very disappointed I found the characters to be stereotypical and the political comments so heavy handed I felt I was being beaten over the head with a shovel The story is set in Sydney which I have never visited so any sense of place was lost on me [...]

    25. Woflmao says:
      The Unknown Terrorist tells the story of how, due to hysteria and fear mongering of the media, a stripper becomes a terrorist suspect overnight Flanagan is a skilled writer whose prose flows along elegantly The main character the stripper whom the author only refers to as The Doll for some reason is developed throughout the story, we get to know her bit by bit She has a rather simple mindset, is mistrustful of authorities, and these traits keep her from trying to resolve the mistake which leads [...]

    26. Marianne says:
      The Unknown Terrorist is the fourth novel by Australian author, Richard Flanagan After a night of passion with an attractive young stranger, Gina Davies wakes to everyone s worst nightmare she finds she has become a terror suspect Within the space of three days, her life goes from one of happiness, of an optimistic future, to the surreality of being a fugitive with nothing All it took was a bit of post 9 11 hysteria, some unexploded bombs in backpacks, a journalist s career on a downhill slide, [...]

    27. Covo says:
      This idea had potential, but is let down by the inconsistency of the writing.There s huge disparity between the best and worst of Flanagan s prose His strongest writing was seen in his descriptions of Sydney At times he really captured the flavour of the city, which is a pretty good accomplishment for a Tasmanian His sketches of Bondi, the harbour, the Cross and the Mardi Gras were, for me, the highlights of the novel.Unfortunately it s let down by the cartoonish character development I found an [...]

    28. Kevin Revolinski says:
      I almost put it down in the first 40 pages when it felt like a depressingly accurate portrayal of superficial society and shallow media, but I stuck with it and was rewarded with a good literary thriller One can already guess how it s going to end, but the devil is in those details and I grew involved with the fates of the characters Much like The Narrow Road to the Deep North what will stick with me are the ideas and feelings about a larger universe that isn t moved by the tiny lives of humans, [...]

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