The Beach

The Beach

Book - 1997
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The irresistible novel that was adapted into a major motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

The Khao San Road, Bangkok -- first stop for the hordes of rootless young Westerners traveling in Southeast Asia. On Richard's first night there, in a low-budget guest house, a fellow traveler slashes his wrists, bequeathing to Richard a meticulously drawn map to "the Beach."

The Beach, as Richard has come to learn, is the subject of a legend among young travelers in Asia: a lagoon hidden from the sea, with white sand and coral gardens, freshwater falls surrounded by jungle, plants untouched for a thousand years. There, it is rumored, a carefully selected international few have settled in a communal Eden.

Haunted by the figure of Mr. Duck -- the name by which the Thai police have identified the dead man -- and his own obsession with Vietnam movies, Richard sets off with a young French couple to an island hidden away in an archipelago forbidden to tourists. They discover the Beach, and it is as beautiful and idyllic as it is reputed to be. Yet over time it becomes clear that Beach culture, as Richard calls it, has troubling, even deadly, undercurrents.

Spellbinding and hallucinogenic, The Beach by Alex Garland -- both a national bestseller and his debut -- is a highly accomplished and suspenseful novel that fixates on a generation in their twenties, who, burdened with the legacy of the preceding generation and saturated by popular culture, long for an unruined landscape, but find it difficult to experience the world firsthand.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 1997.
ISBN: 9781573226523
1573226521
9781573227971
1573227978
Characteristics: 436 p. ;,21 cm.

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lukasevansherman
Oct 18, 2018

One of my favorite books of the 90s. Too bad the movie adaptation, which Garland didn't write, kinda botched it. Garland writes and directs movies now. Check out "Ex Machina" and "Annihilation."

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meaganpeters4
Apr 22, 2010

Incredible book! I could barely put it down!
A fast and easy read reminiscent of The Lod of the Flies!
You will love it! Though beware - it will create and urge in you to travel to Thialand immediately!

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mariaf
Mar 16, 2009

Weird trippy movie ... based sort-of on the classic novel "Lord of the Flies" with an adult twist.

not a bad watch.

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