Bodily Harm (novel)
First edition cover
|Publisher||McClelland & Stewart|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover, Paperback)|
|ISBN||ISBN 0-7704-2256-X (first edition)|
|Preceded by||Life Before Man|
|Followed by||The Handmaid's Tale|
The novel's protagonist, Rennie, is a travel reporter. After surviving breast cancer, she vacations on the fictional Caribbean island St. Antoine. The island, however, is on the brink of revolution. Rennie tries to stay away from politics, but is drawn into events through her romance with Paul, a key player in the uprising.
A major theme of Bodily Harm is power.
As in many of the heroines of Atwood's novels, Rennie is addicted to negative relationships. She feels "hooked like a junkie" to her relationship with Jake, and becomes unable to distinguish between sadomasochism and genuine aggression.
- Atwood discusses Bodily Harm with Fay Weldon - a British Library sound recording
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