Notorious Terrorist.

September 19, 2010

The Baader Meinhoff Complex explores the rise and fall of a left-wing terrorist organization started by radicalized children of the Nazi generation. Known as the Baader-Meinhoff Group and led by the charismatic leaders Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhoff and Gudrun Ensslin, their aim was to battle Western imperialism in the name of democracy, no matter the cost to themselves or innocent civilians.

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Junk.

September 18, 2010

The novel is told in the first person from various points of view; much of the narration is by Gemma and Tar, and takes place over the course of a few years in their lives. Tar, the subject of physical abuse at the hands of his father, is forced to run away from home. Joining him is his hedonistic girlfriend Gemma, who is the catalyst that leads this shy boy down his path of destruction, taking herself along as well. They ‘elope’ to Bristol, where they end up in a squat with mentors Richard and Vonny. When Gemma meets waifish druggie Lily she is fascinated by her and her exotic and dangerous life; soon she and Tar are living with Lily and a group of friends. The novel plots trajectory of their involvement with drugs: addiction, attempts to get sober, relapses, prostitution, and prisons. The entire crew of misfits try their best to survive and continue living by squatting. Tar and Gemma decide to kick their heroin habit, but it doesn’t work out as expected. They are soon just trying to hold on to their lives and grasp something real.

Go and read it.

Excitement.

September 9, 2010

So on the weekend just been I went to Ben Lomond with a bunch of amazing people and had the best time of my life in a long, long time.

And then yesterday I saw Tomorrow Wen The War Began with some equally amazing people. Really wanna read the books now.