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Savages [Paperback]

Shirley Conran
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22 July 1988
A fast-paced adventure story about five women who learn how to survive on an island after their husbands are killed

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  • Paperback: 9999 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New edition edition (22 July 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330301314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330301312
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When a group of Nexus executives brings their wives to the South Pacific paradise of Paui, vacation is not on their minds. Having found rare minerals on the island, they are determined to strike a swift deal for mining rights. But in their greedy rush to claim the prize, the men fail to take into account a rapacious general, who takes control of the island in a military coup and brutally executes all of them. Returning from a sail in time to see the massacre, the women escape into the jungle, where they painfully learn survival tricks from the ship's captain. His subsequent death leaves the once shy Annie in charge of the rest: Silvana, a wealthy, distant matron; the athletic, high-strung Patty; outspoken Carey; and Suzy, a sensuous, spoiled child. Although misfortune rains down on the group, opportunity also has a way of magically appearing as these castaways battle jungle, cannibalistic natives and their own frightening desires with a gritty determination that belies their pampered pasts.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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The events in this book are based around five extremely rich, and spoilt women who travel with their husbands on a business trip to a fictitious tropical island. Whilst on the island the women witness their husbands being murdered by terrorists. The women flee to the jungle, quickly learning the art of survival.
It's obvious that a tremendous amount of research went into writing this book, giving the reader a vivid insight to the women's adventure and difficulties encountered. It contains eye opening and sometimes grisly details and is definitely a good read, a book I needed to get to the end of ... to escape.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 27 April 2006
By Lalblue
I've read this book a number of times and loved it. Whilst on holiday my husband picked it up and couldn't put it down, in fact it did the tour at our accomadation with everyone enjoying it. Enough action to keep you interested all the way through. Get it and read it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars first class read 19 Mar 2012
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i first read this book some years ago and have since read it several times and recommended it to dozens of friends, aquaintances and workmates. i made a great mistake the first time I read it, and always made a point of explaining this to others. the first few chapters are devoted to the lifestyles and temperaments of the main characters and I was totally disinterested in these rich, spoilt and pampered people. however once the story started to unfold I was constantly having to refer back to these opening pages in order to understand the characters that I had been so quick to dismiss at the start. how the author managed to maintain the pace of the story and keep the interest going is a mystery to me, but to coin a phrase it was a definate page turner. not being a very fast reader it took me a little time to read the first time round, but it was truly unputdownable. Shirley Conran expertly built up the tension and the interest, and the suprises until I found myself rooting for these spoilt women as they gradually learnt to work as a team, and put their selfishness, snobbery and individual needs to one side, in the interest of the group as a whole. through all the trials, tribulations, and terrors they must emerge better people, that is, if they can survive. sounds a bit 'twee', but no way is this twee, or predictable it's a truly breathtaking read. my first copy was borrowed several times until eventually it was not returned, but it has now been replaced and all ready to read again. it is certainly grisly in places, sad, heartbreaking, uplifting, satisfying and shocking in places, all emotions keenly felt thanks to the skill of the authors storytelling ability. thoroughly reccomended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ladies fiction had me gripped 5 Mar 2007
I don't really remember why I bought this novel but wow what an great story.

Very much ahead of it's time and could well have been written about spoilt women of today as much as it was when published. As an eclectic reader I enjoyed this bok and found that it is not only for the ladies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars savages 22 Sep 2010
After a convention trip i went on with a group of husbands and their wives 10 years ago. A friend of mine found this book and sent me it. I absolutely loved this tale. and whilst it is ficional I can see how something like this could happen. Fortunately for me it never but none the less it did seem plausable. I would love to now watch the film. One book to save to reread in years to come... brilliant!!! 5******
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great escapism 13 Jan 2014
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I had read this book many years ago and had to search to find the title and author which I had forgotten. I was not disappointed, this is a great book for holiday reading with believable characters, well written with a few twists along the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 28 Dec 2013
By Kirsty
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fantastic book, slow to start, you must keep reading, once it gets going you won't be able to put it down. i have read this book so many times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down, 29 Nov 2013
By Annie
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If you like books about survival, then this is for you. First read this in the 80's/90's and loved it just as much in 2013.
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1.0 out of 5 stars comment on savages
Great book, I had read it many years ago, and although I knew the plot of the book it was nevertheless very exciting.
Published 6 months ago by Helen Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars condition of this book
Although all pages are intact, they will fall out the minute you start to turn the pages, as I looked through it they were becoming loose. Read more
Published 7 months ago by R SMITH
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Loved this book - it was really captivating - although it took a couple of chapters to get to know all of the different characters they really do come to life later in the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Melanie Jeffrey
4.0 out of 5 stars Savages with the prologue
I have to admit I am not a great fan of Ms Conrans and her many books featuring Hollywood type, glitzy, glamour, rich, spoilt, ballsy women. Read more
Published 10 months ago by ***Jesus Loves YOU!***
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and will help you survive a tropical island
I stole this from my mum when I was a kid and I wanted to see whether or not I still enjoyed it as an adult. And I do. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Gimcrack
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok
Good but too long and rather repetative. Needs better character development. Storyline is quite predictable and I would have
prefered a more interesting ending
Published 13 months ago by Eleanor Taggart
5.0 out of 5 stars kindle book savages
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.It was full of tension and excitment and so was a book i read very quickly and will read again.
Published 14 months ago by June Watkins
1.0 out of 5 stars Far fetched rubbish
This was recommended to me. I cannot imagine why, I found it implausible and boring. I did persist with this for some time hoping it would improve but gave up about a third of the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kimco
5.0 out of 5 stars Savages
I have just finished this book, having read Crimson and Lace beforehand. They were excellent but this book surpasses even them. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ms. B. Browne
5.0 out of 5 stars Savages-good read
One of the best books I have read in a while. The story is gripping and keeps you on tenterhooks almost throughout the book. The author has a good style of writing.
Published 18 months ago by Eeva
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