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By Margaret Atwood

A powerfully and brilliantly crafted novel, Bodily Harm is the tale of Rennie Wilford, a tender journalist whose existence has all started to shatter round the edges.  Rennie flies to the Caribbean to get well, and at the tiny island of St.  Antoine she is faced via an international the place her ideas for survival not apply.  By turns comedian, satiric, relentless, and terrifying, Margaret Atwood's Bodily Harm is finally an exploration of the lust for energy, either sexual and political, and the necessity for compassion that is going past what we more often than not suggest by way of love.

Margaret Atwood is the writer of over twenty-five books, together with fiction, poetry, and essays.  Among her most up-to-date works are the bestselling novels Alias Grace and The Robber Bride and the collections Wilderness Tips and Good Bones and easy Murders.  She lives in Toronto.

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Sorry I asked,” she says. Paul places a hand on her. “It’s now not that I’ve received whatever opposed to women,” he says. Rennie offers: of their position. “It’s simply that after you’ve spent years gazing humans loss of life, girls, young ones, males, every body, simply because they’re ravenous or simply because an individual kills them for complaining approximately it, you don’t have time for many fit ladies sitting round arguing whether they may still shave their legs. ” Rennie’s been outflanked, so she retreats. “That was once years ago,” she says. “They’ve moved directly to different concerns. ” “That’s what I mean,” says Paul. “Issues. I used to think in concerns. whilst I first went available in the market i assumed in the entire matters I’d been taught to think in. Democracy and freedom and the entire bag of tips. these instruments don’t paintings too good in loads of locations and nobody’s too yes what does. There’s no sturdy men and undesirable men, not anything you could expect, none of it’s everlasting from now on, there’s loads of improvisation. matters are only an excuse. ” “For what? ” says Rennie. She leaves her hand on him yet stops relocating it. “Getting rid of individuals you don’t like,” says Paul. “There’s simply individuals with energy and folks with out strength. occasionally they alter locations, that’s all. ” “Which are you? ” says Rennie. “I consume good, so i have to have power,” says Paul, grinning. “But I’m an autonomous operator. Freelance, similar as you. ” “You don’t take me very heavily, do you? ” says Rennie unfortunately. She wishes him to speak to her, approximately himself. “Don’t commence that,” says Paul. “You’re on holiday. ” He rolls over on best of her. “When you return domestic, I’ll take you heavily. ” as soon as upon a time Rennie used to be capable of expect males; she’d been capable of inform precisely what a given guy could do at a given time. whilst she’d identified that, while she used to be certain, all she needed to do used to be wait after which he may do it. She used to imagine she knew what so much males have been like, she used to imagine she knew what such a lot males sought after and the way such a lot males might reply. She used to imagine there has been any such factor as so much males, and now she doesn’t. She’s given up identifying what's going to ensue subsequent. She places her palms round him. She’s attempting back. She should still recognize higher. From the fridge Paul takes fish, one vibrant pink, the opposite blue and eco-friendly, with a beak like a parrot’s. He cleans them with a wide black-handled knife, kneeling by way of the faucet within the backyard. Rennie can odor the fish from the place she lies within the hammock; it’s no longer her favorite scent. It moves her that she hasn’t but been to the seashore the following. She want to lie at the sand and permit the solar wash out her head in order that not anything is left in it yet white gentle, yet she is familiar with the implications, a headache and pores and skin like a simmered prune’s. She’s long gone as far as to place on a couple of shorts even though. There’s a vine over the porch, huge cream-white flora, cup-shaped and unreal. From the porch railing blue-green lizards watch her. the line less than is empty. Paul leaves the fish at the porch and shinnies up a close-by tree, coming down with a papaya. Rennie can’t aid it, yet all this job reminds her of Boy Scouts.

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