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Date Posted: 3/19/2012 5:25 PM ET
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Shirley Conran


FIVE SUBURBAN WOMEN FORCED TO FLEE INTO THE JUNGLE... AND SURVIVE. — Shirley Conran's Savages takes the reader into the lives of five women: upper-class corporate wives, surrounded by all the luxuries their husbands' salaries and charge cards can buy; wives, mothers, neighbors, cordial rivals, whose husbands are in competit... more »ion for the presidency of a Fortune 500 company...

After a business conference in Australia, the top executives of the powerful Nexus Mining Company relax together on Paui, a tropical island west of New Guinea. Unfortunately, during their vacation, the political unrest that simmers on this only partially civilized island comes to a head. While the women are on a boat trip, the hotel is attacked by terrorists and the tourists are slaughtered. Catching sight, on their return, of the carnage, the women flee into the jungle to survive as best they can.

Suddenly these five women, who have known one another for years in the slightly bitchy atmosphere of genteel suburban competition, are forced to rely on themselves for everything -- including life itself. They have only their wits, strength, courage, and each other, now that all civilization has been stripped away and the only prize is survival. They are their only hope!

There is Silvana, the wife of the retiring Nexus president. Her marriage to him when she was 17 was the last truly spontaneous act of a life which has been devoted to The Company. Having come to terms with a husband who gets excitement from business deals and other women, she has solaced herself with romantic literature... Now she faces the need to live with her raw emotions -- even to kill if necessary.

Suzy, the voluptuous baby doll, famous for falling into a swimming pool at a party (on purpose) and revealing that she wears nothing under her designer originals... She must learn to fight for survival with her bare hands.

Patty, the California blonde who runs miles every day and forces herself to relax with yoga as a way of escaping the family tragedy she keeps reminding herself is not her fault. Without the carefully shored-up life she has created for herself, she is left to face, head-on, her real fears...

Carey, who looks like Princess Di, but is the only one with a career of her own, fiercely determined to maintain it even if it means compromising her husband's success. She finds in herself a surprising strength -- and an unexpected weakness...

And Annie, the sweet-natured mother of four strapping sons, who suffers from feelings of physical and emotional inadequacy and works frantically to repress the powerful sexual yearnings that keep engulfing her. Gentle Annie is challenged to live through a nightmare of danger, death, killing -- even cannibalism...

These are the women who are forced to spend months alone together on Paui, threatened by sharks, storms and alligators in the water, and on land by terrorists, poisonous plants and insects, and man-eaters both animal and human. And should they manage to escape all these, they will find themselves confronting the most dangerous threat of all -- for their own exposed and violent passions have turned them, far more than the predators they are fleeing, into savages...




I read this book years ago, and on the cover it said it was going to be made into a movie. I have not seen or been able to find the movie. I was wondering if the name of the movie had been changed, and the plot had been changed.  

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Date Posted: 5/29/2012 7:59 PM ET
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From her wiki page:



Savages (1987) (Movie rights owned by Warner Brothers but never made)
Date Posted: 7/18/2012 6:37 PM ET
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Is this the Savages movie that is in theaters now?

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Date Posted: 7/19/2012 4:03 AM ET
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When drug cartel leader Elena moves in on the successful pot-growing operation of entrepreneurs Ben and Chon, she kidnaps the pals' lover, O, to ensure their compliance. Instead, the two men team with a DEA agent and fight back.


This is the just released movie, but it is a completely different storyline.

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