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The Beach [Paperback]

Alex Garland
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! Jan. 10 2014
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I had a hard time getting into the book, but once the story line got better i finished it in a cpl of days, great story! this book is way better then the movie, read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alex Garlands "The Beach" Aug. 26 2013
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If you have seen the film it isn't nearly as good as the book, this is a must read. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Attempted Utopia Sept. 4 2012
By Capital
There is something about ‘attempted’ utopia stories that best reveal what animals we human beings are. When you strip away the laws and rules of society what do we become? But the level of intrigue in this book goes beyond how close human beings can get to creating ‘paradise’. If you are a young adult who has gone ‘traveling’ or plans to this story should have a place on your bookshelf. The story propels the reader. It is believable in a way that only the best fiction can be. Garland seems to have a good sense of when the reader is getting comfortable on ‘the beach’ and knows the best ways to keep the reader entertained. Anyone who has ever overstayed a vacation will be able to identify with this book. As well as anyone who despite best intentions and strong ideals has been s**t on by things beyond their control... so pretty much everyone.The Beach is about losing innocence and recognizing that human beings when pushed to their limit can become selfish creatures. Check out my first published work Defenseless
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5.0 out of 5 stars the beach! July 31 2012
By stephm
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This book is perfect for those who love the taste of adventure. Even if you've seen the movie, the book gives you a glimpse of things that failed to be highlighted in the theatrical version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless! July 21 2014
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This is one of my favourite books! A definite read for those about to embark on the backpacker trail.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best ending... March 11 2011
By Robyn C
I loved this book from start to almost finish. I found it a lot better than the movie. Having seen the movie before reading the book, I enjoyed that it gave me something extra to visualize whenever the island was described in the book. The book went downhill after page 424 when the drug lords make their threats and the group subsequently turns on the main character in some sort of drugged frenzy. I thought that was a little overdone... I would have liked too if the epilogue hadn't been so rushed. Otherwise, the book was great. A very smooth read that kept me consistantly entertained.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss It! June 25 2005
The Beach is Alex Garland's amazing first novel. Visionary and disturbing, this book is a must read.
Richard is a traveler from Europe who leaves everything behind him after being jilted by a lover. While in Thailand he meets a man who leaves him a map to a paradise beach. After deciding to share this treasure with two fellow travelers, they set off.
The journey to the beach is difficult for it is illegal for foreigners to go there, but after buying off a man who owns a boat and swimming a considerable distance they make it to the island. Before they even have time to enjoy their discovery, however, they land into danger when they discover that the island is used as sort of a mega-greenhouse for marijuana. They still decide to press on, though and after some time they find the fabled beach. A bit disappointed at first, they eventually grow to love the beach and the entire community of people they find living there. Integrating into the lifestyle there is done very quickly and before they know it, months have passed. Their languid, carefree lifestyle lulls them into a sense of false security, though, and they find themselves unprepared for the disasters that lay ahead.
Filled with pop culture references and very violent imagery this book may best appeal to the twenty-something generation. In a way that's a shame, though, because the story behind all of the icons and imagery is intense and enjoyable. At times the story gets almost too disgusting and graphic but none of it is gratuitous since it is all important to the plot.
I heavily recommend this book to all of the members of my generation and I also hope some of the younger and older generations will give it a chance too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Beach by Alex Garland July 5 2010
This book is great wether you are just looking for a good story or something with a little more substance. It won me over with a beautiful, deeper message. I highly recommend you read this. I wouldn't bother with the movie if I were you.
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