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Savages Paperback – 22 Jul 1988

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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 3.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,313 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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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Nov. 2000
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Burbridge on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lalblue on 27 April 2006
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Benacre Broad on 5 Mar. 2007
Format: Paperback
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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Format: Kindle Edition
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. Not because I don't admire these kinds of women but because they are just not my cup of tea. The only book I had previously read by Ms Conran was Lace which to me is one of the best books I have ever read. The story woven around the characters in that book was just amazing and so well crafted with a most unusal and very different, to the usual run of the mill, story line. Savages, on the other hand (with the prologue) jumped out at me from the adverts because of the cover, really colourful and bold and the blurb on the review was a little intriguing so I decided to give it a go. I have to say that I really enjoyed it, well written although predictable in places, fantastic research with a group of very brave women going from fabulous wealth to absolutely nothing. The survival of these women is what the story is all about and they go through hell literally to survive. With LOTS of twists and turns with LOTS going on in each chapter it was a race to keep up! I routed for them, cried with them, screamed at them and wanted to slap a couple of them here and there just to wake them up! This was on the edge of my seat stuff and I was really satisfied with the ending although a little sad. I suggest Savages with the prologue which is cheaper than this one but it sets the tone for the whole book. I have only given it 4 stars because Lace holds the magical 5 in my eyes! Highly recommended, thank you Shirley for a fantastic read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sunshine on 22 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
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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I bought this book as I had thoroughly enjoyed Lace and Lace II and WOW what a book! And what a story!

It starts off with the ladies anticipating a bit of R&R, and ends up turning them into Savages, hence the title. It is an interesting study of female personality traits with plenty of action leading up to a harrowing conclusion.

I will give no spoilers here as to the plot, only to say that this book has a fantastic twist and the best last line (shared equally with The Stirk of Stirk, Peter Tinniswood) of any book I have read.

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