Bodily Harm

Bodily Harm

Book - 1981
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A powerful and brilliantly crafted novel from the author of Surfacing , Life Before Man , The Edible Woman , and Lady Oracle . Bodily Harm is the story of Rennie Wilford, a young journalist whose life has begun to shatter around the edges. Rennie Wilford flies to the Caribbean to recuperate, and on the tiny island of St. Antoine, she is confronted by a world where her rules for survival no longer apply. By turns comic, satiric, relentless, and terrifying, Margaret Atwood's new novel is ultimately an exploration of the lust for power both sexual and political, and the need for compassion that goes beyond what we ordinarily mean by love.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland and Stewart, c1981.
ISBN: 9780770428273
Characteristics: 303 p.


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Feb 04, 2018

This was the first Margaret Atwood book I have read. Personally I did not like it. The story was jarring in rhythm and was complicated to follow. I couldn't really bond with the character or emphasize with her. I really didn't enjoy it.

Jun 12, 2011

Atwood’s early fiction seems to often be about people who are intensely uncomfortable, and it’s tough to spend time with them. From now on I’m going to try to stick to Atwood’s invigorating speculative fiction.

May 30, 2011

It was an interesting start to this novel, however I did not connect well to the main character or any of them, come to think about it. It was a quick read about a young woman who just had a mastectomy and how she is coping with relationship with men. While she runs away to find herself, she stumbles on to a Caribbean island where things are not always what they seem. Local politics get hot and she seems to be in the "stink" of it all.

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