The Beach

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Penguin Books Limited, Jul 5, 2007 - Fiction - 448 pages
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Celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Beach, a classic story of paradise found - and lost, the book that inspired the major film starring Leonardo DiCaprio

Richard lands in East Asia in search of an earthly utopia. In Thailand, he is given a map promising an unknown island, a secluded beach - and a new way of life. What Richard finds when he gets there is breathtaking: more extraordinary, more frightening than his wildest dreams.

But how long can paradise survive here on Earth? And what lengths will Richard go to in order to save it?

'Fresh, fast-paced, compulsive and clever' Nick Hornby

'A powerful narrative drive, exotic locations that unfold like a corrupt and mysterious flower, and a moody intelligence that holds everything together' J.G. Ballard

'A gripping adventure, and a fascinating jigsaw' The Times

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User Review  - bdgamer - LibraryThing

Took me a long time, but now that I've finished it, I feel empty. I vividly remember watching the movie with diCaprio in it, way back in the early 2000s. That made it difficult to read the book since ... Read full review

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User Review  - krizia_lazaro - LibraryThing

This is book #1 for my summer reading. It was a good book to kick off my summer. Mr. Garland has successfully created an atmosphere of the secret beach and the hippie community. I felt the heat and ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Alex Garland was born in London in 1970. He has written two novels, The Beach (1996), The Tesseract (1998) and an illustrated novella, The Coma (2003), in collaboration with his father. He has also written two screenplays, 28 Days Later (2002) and Sunshine (2007).

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