By Margaret Atwood
A powerfully and brilliantly crafted novel, Bodily Harm is the tale of Rennie Wilford, a tender journalist whose existence has started to shatter round the edges. Rennie flies to the Caribbean to get better, and at the tiny island of St. Antoine she is faced by way of an international the place her principles for survival now not apply. By turns comedian, satiric, relentless, and terrifying, Margaret Atwood's Bodily Harm is eventually an exploration of the lust for strength, either sexual and political, and the necessity for compassion that is going past what we mostly suggest by way of love.
Margaret Atwood is the writer of over twenty-five books, together with fiction, poetry, and essays. Among her most modern works are the bestselling novels Alias Grace and The Robber Bride and the collections Wilderness Tips and Good Bones and straightforward Murders. She lives in Toronto.
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You were given the time? ” says Lora. “They took my watch,” says Rennie. “It’s most likely approximately 11. ” “That all? ” says Lora. “We should still get a few sleep, I guess,” Rennie says. “I want they’d prove the lighting. ” “Okay,” says Lora. “You sleepy? ” “No,” says Rennie. They’re scraping the ground of the barrel. Rennie thinks of it because the backside of the barrel, Lora thinks of it because the tale of her lifestyles. this is often even what she calls it. “The tale of my life,” she says, morosely, proudly, “you may placed it in a publication. ” yet it’s a technique to not panic. in the event that they can in simple terms continue conversing, thinks Rennie, they are going to be okay. Lora takes out her cigarettes, lighting one, blows the smoke out via her nostril. “You desire a cigarette? I’ve bought left. Oh, I forgot, you don’t smoke. ” She pauses, awaiting Rennie to give a contribution anything. to this point lots of the contributing has been performed through Lora. Rennie is having a troublesome time considering up whatever approximately her lifestyles that Lora may perhaps locate attention-grabbing. right away, her lifestyles appears like a e-book Jocasta as soon as lent her, very nouveau wavé, it used to be known as demise by way of washer even supposing there have been no washing machines within the ebook. the most personality fell off a cliff on web page sixty-three and the remainder of the pages have been clean. Rennie tells Lora in regards to the guy with the rope. She’s convinced that Lora might be capable of produce whatever a lot heavier, a a number of awl homicide not less than. “Sick,” Lora says. “They shouldn’t even positioned these men away, they need to simply cling a number of cement blocks round their legs and drop them within the harbour, you recognize? allow them to out in 20 years and so they do just it back. I as soon as knew this man who desired to tie me to the bedpost. No method, I stated. you must tie someone up, I’ve received a couple of feedback, yet you’re now not beginning with me. test a sheep and a couple of rubber boots and paintings your means up. He come again? ” “No,” says Rennie. “I’d otherwise be undeniable outdated raped,” says Lora, “as lengthy as there’s not anything violent. ” Rennie feels there’s been a communications breakdown. Then she realizes that Lora is speaking approximately anything that has really occurred to her. with none caution in any respect. “God,” she says, “what did you do? ” “Do? ” says Lora. “He had a knife. i used to be simply fortunate he didn’t mess whatever up, together with me. i'll of kicked myself for now not having a greater lock at the window. ” Rennie sees that Lora is happy to have stunned her. She’s having fun with the response; it’s as though she’s showing whatever, an characteristic someplace among a ability and a deformity, like double-jointedness; or a mark of braveness, a battle wound or a duelling scar. The delight of the survivor. Rennie understands what she’s purported to think: first horror, then sympathy. yet she can’t deal with it. as a substitute she’s dejected through her personal failure to entertain. Lora has greater tales. Rennie watches Lora’s mouth open and shut, reviews the nicotine stains on her as soon as ideal the teeth, it’s a film with the sound long gone. She’s considering that she doesn’t fairly like Lora greatly; she by no means has cherished her greatly; actually she dislikes her.