Savages by Shirley Conran
Savages by Shirley Conran.
I read this when it came out in the 80’s, and loved it. I now re-read it regularly.
A mining company invites the executives and their spouses to an island retreat. When political unrest escalates on the island, most of the men are slaughtered. The women are trapped in the jungle, and must learn to survive on their own, in a very hostile environment. Between the bugs, and the snakes and the…cannibals, the environment is far from anything to which they are accustomed. From different economic backgrounds, with little in common except their husband’s jobs, they have all lead somewhat sheltered and pampered lives, with little thought given to anyone outside their own families. Not only must they learn to build shelters and hunt, but they must learn to work together. They will learn a lot about each other, and themselves, as they learn to trust and rely on the others, and build on inner strengths and skills they didn’t know they had. Survival is not promised.
I am always surprised when I pick up this book again, as it usually isn’t my preferred reading. But it is a very empowering and feel-good book. It may start a little slow while the characters are introduced, but once on the island things move quickly. These women Rock!
It’s a good read!