Bodily Harm

Bodily Harm

Book - 1981
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Rennie Wilford is a freelance journalist who takes an assignment in the Caribbean in the hopes of recuperating from her recently shattered life. On the tiny island of St. Antoine, she tumbles into a corrupt world where no one is what they seem, where her rules for survival no longer apply. This is a thoroughly gripping novel of intrigue and betrayal, which explores human defensiveness, the lust for power both sexual and political, and the need for a compassion that goes beyond what we ordinarily mean by love. The enigma unfolds as it would for any innocent bystander swept up by events, bringing along the scruples, and the fears, of the past.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland and Stewart, c1981.
ISBN: 9780771008375
0771008376
9780771008122
0771008120
9780770428273
0770428274
Characteristics: 303 p.

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FabulouslyWeird
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.

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lisahiggs
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.

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vwruleschick
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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