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Bodily Harm by Margaret Atwood
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Aug 28, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction

It's odd when people make puns that don't work at all in the language they're making them in, but work just fine in another one. When that other language is one the punner speaks, it can be taken as cultured or arrogant or both, but when it isn't, it smells like plagiarism.

Anyway. This is a novel about a Canadian woman and her relationships with various largely abusive men. Yes, I too was surprised that Atwood would go so far outside of her comfort zone. If I really am going to read everything she's ever written, my reviews will be interchangeable to some extent.
This particular woman is a breast cancer survivor and a journalist, who flees Canada for an island in the West Indies. This island turns highly political, and there's a bit of a to-do. As usual, all men are assholes, and the female protagonist is self-absorbed in a way that I'm not convinced was entirely intentional. As usual, it's well-written and quite bearable.

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