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on 17 November 2005
It is a cult classic - please try to read this before watching the film, and if you can avoid watching the film at all, then all the better. This is a british book with a british 'hero', and much of it is lost when translated into hollywood.
A modern Lord of the Flies, this captivating read is every backpackers dream - and worst nightmare. A must-read for anyone who's ever wanted to see the world - and do it different from all the crowds.
Vividly written, un-put-down-able. Best read in a well worn dog eared passed-down copy for authenticity...
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on 29 March 2006
I feel the need to defend this book from those who feed it doesn't stand up to a literary review. This book, to me, epitomises the essence of summer. For those who have been travelling to places like Thailand, then you will appreciate this book. Not only does it encapsulate most young idealistic westner's dream of an unspoiled utopian society; it shows, extremely well in my opinion, the slow decline of said society. The reader will be able to relate to at least one of the main characters and wonder why the hell Alex Garland let an american play then lead...
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on 18 September 2015
IT starts very good but then it gets boring.......(personal opinion)
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on 29 March 2001
Once opened this book will remain with the reader long after the final page has been read. 'The Beach' is exotically spectacular and has the ability to mesmerize the reader to the point of being unabe to put the book down. The central character Richard is both inspirational and believable, making him as unforgetable as the novel itself. Set in the stunning scenery of Thailand, depicted spectacularly by Garland, this novel is sure to be a classic for the millenium generation.
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on 15 March 2001
sun and sand, guns and murder, dope fields and parties. all elements in the beach. but one thing that struck me as strange and rebellious was the fact that richard didn't get the girl. i felt this was one of many great and unexpected parts in the book. i waited for garlands next read, the tesseract with hopes. but having read it i was happy to say it didn't match up to the beach. the beach isn't even capable of being matched, not even the author can beat his debut.
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on 15 April 2000
I read the book a year ago and was dissapointed by its shallow plot - especialy the middle part is dull. The epic is linear and has a few wrong turns. The hero is no hero at all - he steals, lies and is a traitor, responsible for the tragic end for the comune, not himself. He escapes and leaves others to perish. What a rat! Thai paradise beach is a tourist trap. There are beautiful virgin beaches elsewhere - Turkey, Greece, Croatia ...
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on 26 July 2004
This is one of the most fantastic books that i have ever read! It has such life-like characters that it instantly becomes easy to attach yourself to at least one of them! A story that breaks the norm and envokes true visulization of paradise.
A definate must have on anyone's book shelf. It's tales of trouble in paradise make you want that life even if it goes wrong!!
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on 11 February 2000
I found this concepts to be nothing more, but a modern version to Lords of the Flies and Apocolypse Now. Alhought Alex Garland style of writing is interesting I find that this novel to be extremely dull and disappointing where the characters are strongly sterotpyed. The Beach is highly overrated and not worth the appraisal it has recieved...
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on 22 April 2003
I approached this book after the hollywood film, hopeful that it would be an improvement on the film... I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the film (more for its scenery it has to be said) but the book is so much better. The film very nearly put me off reading this book and I am very grateful that despite my judgement, I went ahead and read this book.
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on 22 April 2003
if you have ever wanted to get away from the hussle and bussle of everyday life this book allows you to do that from the comfort of your own arm chair.
Garland offers complete escapism by setting his story in an almost idealistic backdrop. the characters are easy to identitify with the use of first person narrative,. it is definaatly a good read
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