The Beach

  • Title: The Beach
  • Author: Alex Garland
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  • Page: 186
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  • The Beach The Khao San Road Bangkok first stop on the backpacker trail On Richard s first night there a fellow traveller slits his wrists leaving Richard a map to the Beach The Beach is a legend among young t
    The Khao San Road, Bangkok first stop on the backpacker trail On Richard s first night there a fellow traveller slits his wrists, leaving Richard a map to the Beach.The Beach is a legend among young travellers in Asia white as sands circling a lagoon hidden from the sea, coral gardens and freshwater falls surrounded by jungle In this earthly paradise, it is rumouredThe Khao San Road, Bangkok first stop on the backpacker trail On Richard s first night there a fellow traveller slits his wrists, leaving Richard a map to the Beach.The Beach is a legend among young travellers in Asia white as sands circling a lagoon hidden from the sea, coral gardens and freshwater falls surrounded by jungle In this earthly paradise, it is rumoured, a select community lives in blissful innocence For Richard, haunted by the glamour of Vietnam war movies, a trek into unknown Thai territory is irresistible He was looking for adventure Now he s found it.

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    About Alex Garland


    1. Alex Garland born 1970 is a British novelist and screenwriter.Garland is the son of political cartoonist Nick Nicholas Garland He attended the independent University College School, in Hampstead, London, and the University of Manchester, where he studied art history.His first novel, The Beach, was published in 1996 and drew on his experiences as a backpacker The novel quickly became a cult classic and was made into a film by Danny Boyle, with Leonardo DiCaprio.The Tesseract, Garland s second novel, was published in 1998 This was also made into a film, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers In 2003, he wrote the screenplay for Danny Boyle s 28 Days Later, starring Cillian Murphy His third novel, The Coma, was published in 2004 and was illustrated with woodcuts by his father.In 2007 he wrote the screenplay for the film Sunshine his second screenplay to be directed by Danny Boyle and star Cillian Murphy as lead Garland also served as an executive producer on 28 Weeks Later, the sequel to 28 Days Later.Garland also wrote the first screenplay for Halo, the film adaptation of the successful video game franchise by Bungie Studios.His partner is actress director Paloma Baeza.


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    1. I will defend this book's subtle intelligence to the ends of the Earth. Garland's performative act--seducing us with the myth of perfect travel, deftly balancing the naive hypocrisies of Westerners rooting out the exotic in the East--creates a brutal ending that recasts what had led up to it. While Garland could have easily stopped with a cautionary tale, he went further by lacing his character's thoughts not with literary allusions, but filmic ones. Which 20-something British kid wouldn't think [...]

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    2. Having never heard of Alex Garland I picked up his debut novel, "The Beach" because the cover and premise were intriguing. I'm happy to say that Mr. Garland delivered exactly what he promised and I breezed through this little yellow book in two days. If Jack Kerouac wore shorts and hung out with William Golding, the two might have produced something like this. The Beach is compulsively readable because of several factors. First, the chapters are structured and trimmed into an expert lenght, ofte [...]

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    3. I basically devoured this book. Started on Friday, finished by Monday. Part of it has to do with the way the book is written (short, three to four page vignettes that make it easy to say, "Oh I'll just read one more") but a larger part has to do with the momentum of the story. it doesn't really ever let up. i was never bored reading this book in fact I almost compulsively needed to know what would happen next. The whole thing kind of plays out like a really well-done summer popcorn movie. Two de [...]

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    4. Gorgeous, Cynical, Well-ObservedBelieve it or not, despite the hints throughout about dark and terrible things to come, this novel doesn't really turn dark until around the last fifth.Until then it's beautiful scenery, well-observed love triangles and petty dislikes, and a new traveller trying to get to, and then assimilate into, the hidden island paradise known as the beach. However, our boy, English narrator Richard, was originally given a map to the beach by an angry/disturbed guy he met in a [...]

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    5. I've never seen this movie, but I have seen the commercials for it. I have always thought this book was a thriller and picked it up based on that assumption. But It wasn't. Or, it mostly wasn't. The last 25 pages (minus the epilogue) were thriller-esque, but that's not what this story is about. What was it about? I'm not really sure. It feels like one of those books that are kind of infinitely interpretable. Every person who reads it may see something different in it. For my part, I didn't reall [...]

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    6. I really wish the copy I read didn't have shirtless Leonardo DiCaprio on it.

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    7. The Beach was the 1996 debut novel by Alex Garland, a British writer who's gone on to pen the screenplays for an impressive bunch of UK-produced science fiction films. Garland authored 28 Days Later (2003) and Sunshine (2007), adapted Kazuo Ishiguro's novel Never Let Me Go (2010), as well as the comic book Dredd (2012), the version that was actually good. His name first materialized on screen in 2000 with The Beach and despite the dismal reception of that film -- the script for which Garland did [...]

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    8. GR friend Maciek recommended this book to me, and I highly recommend that you check out his most awesome review that does a brilliant job of capturing this book's strengths. As for me, I knew very little about it save from what I could vaguely remember from the movie that's over ten years old now. It's hard for me to classify this novel as anything other than "an experience". Parts of it are fun and breezy, others dark and depressing. Still others surreal and uncomfortable. It has adventure. It [...]

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    9. I've put off writing anything about this hoping that I'd be able to drag my weary disinterest through to the end of the novelunfortunately that never occurred. Maybe it's because of having done the itinerant traveller thing, or maybe it was because the book felt too contrived, or maybe.I expected something else or something more. Whatever. This just didn't do it for me.If you haven't backpacked through Asia, I guess this book could be an interesting readd if you had, it might be chock-a-block fu [...]

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    10. Excellent writing -- different, interesting, and colloquial without being cliche. His short descriptions of the characters are beyond adequate, as he lets you immediately understand the person. Richard, the main character, is both elusive and relate-able -- he's an enjoyable character for me because I could see myself in him. He's selfish and flawed, but tries to remain a team player and at the end of the day (or the trip?), he tries to save himself and his friends. Everything about this book is [...]

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    11. Given time, Shangri-La never is.You must grow up and live in the real world, complicated and unpleasant as it may be. Seems to me this is something every generation has to figure out for itself, with assistance or hindrance from various psychoactive substances. Richard, age 21, goes to Thailand and finds his way to a hidden settlement on a secluded island that is supposed to be off-limits to tourists. The people there are enjoying an Edenic existence, getting nearly everything they need from the [...]

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    12. Having seen the film a couple of times, I was worried it would ruin my experience of the book, but not at all. This was a great read, and quite hard to put down, as I wanted to know what was going to happen next (even having seen the film). The film and the book version feel like two very separate things to me.

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    13. Great, bizarry, chilling story, keeps you turning the pages til the end. In the top of my booklist definitely.

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    14. I first read this book about 10 years ago and I've read it at least 10 times since then. As a simple adventure story, it doesn't lose its punch, even upon rereading. Richard, a young English traveller, is given a map in Bangkok by a man named Daffy Duck, who promptly commits suicide. The map leads Richard to a secret beach, where a commune of travellers live in apparent paradise. Unfortunately, this tiny microcosm of existence, while idyllic, is also prone to disasters – from the banal, like a [...]

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    15. The Beach made a big splash when it first came out and was quickly followed by a movie version starring Leonardo DiCaprio. I was curious to check it out, so naturally I bought a copy of the book and then let it follow me from apartment to apartment before finally reading it nearly 20 years later. I wonder if I would have liked it more if I'd read it back then? Don't get me wrong, this was entertaining, but also flawed: All of the characters (except the French guy) were horrible people, the Vietn [...]

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    16. A fortunate find at the anniversary Big Book Sale with S and K on my first day of vacation. I'd been toying with reading this after something triggered my memory of the awful movie (perhaps after hearing Porcelain or another decade-old Top 40 soundtrack song at some store in the Bay Area, as is prone to happen around here), and after toying with the idea of going backpacking before my window closes, i.e. before I truly become too old and curmudgeonly. Thank goodness I read this rambling book and [...]

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    17. Happy St. Patrick's day all :). It seems rather fitting that I would finish The Beach by Alex Garland today, as this book is a bit of a mind fuck, and the day of the Irish tends towards the same. The similarity, naturally, ends there. The Beach is Golding's Lord of the Flies for a twenty-or-thirty-something audience. And whilst I know I may get flayed for this, I have to say, I liked it quite a bit better. I know that Golding did it first so when I feel the pull between my favourite character in [...]

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    18. First of all I would like to thank my friend Maciek for suggesting this great book! I couldn't tear myself away until I finished it.The only thing I knew about this story is that it was made into a movie with Leo DiCaprio and it got lukewarm reviews. I stayed away from it for that reason. If the movie is 1/10 as good as this novel, then I missed a treat. Three world travelers have a map to a beach that is described as Eden. Feeling adventurous, they make the difficult journey there, and are soon [...]

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    19. This book is of course way better than the movie.The movie was watered down, warped, and completely missed the point Garland tried to make in his astonishingly succesful first novel. For starters, Richard, the main character, is brown, English, and doesnt have sex with anybody. He's not Leo at all.The first half of the book is incredible and really gets deep into the backpacking culture in Thailand, and is the best example of backpacker literature for our generation that I've yet seen.Still, aft [...]

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    20. ''η ευτυχία είναι ένα όνειρο και η δυστυχία είναι πραγματικότητα''ΒολταιροςO Alex Garland είναι γνωστός για την πολύπλευρη του σταδιοδρομία στον Κινηματογράφο είτε ως παραγωγός ταινιών μυθοπλασίας, είτε ως σεναριογράφος -και τακτικός συνεργάτης ταινιών του σκηνοθέτη Danny Boyle- πρα [...]

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    21. My immediate thoughts on finishing The Beach are this: It was pretty good. Four stars. Not the best ever I've read. Quite different than the movie adaptation.What I liked about The Beach were several things: I really enjoyed the way Garland wrote this story. For me, it was a realistic aspect of the way someone might think, speak, feel, and act. I enjoyed the realistic quality of the dialogue. To me, it didn't really seem forced, or trying too hard. For a first novel, I'm kind of left impressed. [...]

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    22. This book is maybe my favorite book ever. I have read it 5 times (just completed the fifth read) since I bought it in 2000. I never get tired of this story. The writing is extremely witty and transports you to a world that seems beautiful on the outside, but quickly turns on its protaganist to become deeply sinister and threatening. The main character of Richard is relatable to everyone: he is searching for something, he is not sure what, but thinks he has found it in the beach. He never escapes [...]

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    23. По-слабия вариант на "Повелителят на мухите". Доста увлекателна и бързо се чете. Тъпото е, че има happy end като в американски филм.

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    24. This is one of those novels that I had been waiting to read for years. Circumstances just always prevented it, even after I'd seen the movie three or four times. I could never find a copy in China where I was living, I'd forget about it each year I came home and wouldn't order it from . But finally, I picked this up for my Kindle (bootleg, as it doesn't seem to have an official Kindle release) and dove right in. I started it at the perfect time, too: on a bus ride through central Malaysia, on th [...]

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    25. whoa. words fail me right now, yet clearly they never did author Alex Garland. The voice of my generation, in a way. I really enjoy watching the world through this narrator's eyes, so much that I'm willing to follow him down a sinkhole of madness. What a beautiful demise to paradise.Don't worry, not a spoiler alert. The narrator is fine in the end. In the movie version. How is the book different? I dare you to read it and tell me for yourself. The adaptation was all I knew of this story, and tha [...]

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    26. Old Shit I've Been Revisiting Part 1:The Beach was the catalyst for this experiment I've started, I couldn't believe that it'd been five years since I've read the thing. It was also the book I was most afraid wouldn't hold up. It's reputation has suffered since the awful Danny Boyle movie, not helped by the fact that Alex Garland answered the question "Would he be the great novelist of Generation X?" with a resounding "No!". The Beach was one of those perfect time perfect place books. I read it [...]

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    27. I picked this one up because a few of my friends loved it.Unfortunately, it didn't do a whole lot for me. What it boils down tois that I'm not all that keen on Garland's writing here.For some reason, he failed to engage me in the narrative. It's hard to put my finger on it as to why that is. For example, there was one point where he was describing(view spoiler)[Zeph and Sammy getting beaten by the guards, and I felt very detached to the action. (hide spoiler)]But it was more than that. I also d [...]

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    28. From BBC Radio 4 - Book at Bedtime:Our first Book of Bedtime of 2016 celebrates twenty years since the publication of Alex Garland's cult novel, The Beach. Joe Dempsie reads this thrilling tale of paradise sought and lost.Jaded young backpacker Richard is in Thailand looking for a place unspoilt by tourism. An encounter with a dead man leaves him with a map for 'the beach', a select traveller community cut off from the degradations of vacationing westerners. He joins the commune, but his breadcr [...]

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    29. Deciding to re-read this book over fifteen years since reading it last had me a bit wary. I worried that it would feel dated; something a younger me thought was powerful, but an adult me no longer connects with.I was wrong.This book is every bit as energetic and sun-soaked as it was the first time around, and left me wondering what the characters would have made of the world to come. They seek to find someplace new because tourists and crowds swallow up every other interesting place on the trail [...]

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