The Beach by Alex Garland

Into the Wild

Read The Beach Online Free - After discovering a seemingly Edenic paradise on an island in a Thai national park, Richard soon finds that since civilized behavior tends to dissolve without external restraints, the utopia is hard to maintain. (Nancy Pearl)



Title : The Beach
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ISBN : 1573226521
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 436 pages


Reviews


Ryan rated it ★★★★★

September 29, 2008

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. Whi...


Maciek rated it ★★★★★

February 01, 2011

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...


Ryan rated it ★★★★☆

May 10, 2007

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 e...


Hannah rated it ★★★★★

July 30, 2009

Gorgeous, Cynical, Well-Observed Believe 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...


Becky rated it ★★★☆☆

December 16, 2015

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...


Joe rated it ★★★★☆

December 11, 2014

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...


Trudi rated it ★★★★☆

August 18, 2012

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...


Scribble rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 04, 2013

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 novel...unfortunately 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 ex...


j rated it ★★★★☆

November 10, 2009

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


Chrissy rated it ★★★★★

July 30, 2007

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 beca...





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