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Beach

Author: Alex Garland  

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The classic coming of age novel about paradise found - and lost.

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?
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Summary

The classic coming of age novel about paradise found - and lost.

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?

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A 20th anniversary edition of this million copy bestseller, with a new introduction by John Niven- a classic story of paradise found - and lost. 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?

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Critic Reviews

“Fresh, fast-paced, compulsive and clever”

Precise and speedy prose, with good old-fashioned romantic adventure spiced up with deadpan authorial irony Guardian Garland has written a powerful and frighteningly believable novel Company An exceptional first novel...An action novel that provokes subtle responses, The Beach takes in ideas about man's inevitable progress from noble savage to social breakdown (and) the related tradition of nature versus art The Times Literary Supplement Alex Garland is writing a brand new kind of adventure novel. His style is dangerously simple yet altogether captivating -- Douglas Rushkoff A highly confident debut...this incisive novel may well come to be regarded as a defining text in the history of imaginative travel writing Daily Telegraph Garland's prose is stunningly lucid. Addictive and compelling Spectator Winningly compulsive, brilliantly conceived Q A mesmerising, knuckle-clenching read Maxim Lord of the Flies and The Magus lurk at the roots of this novel, but Garland reshapes them with panache into something terrifyingly new Mail on Sunday A white-knuckle ride into the heart of darkness Sunday Times A gripping adventure, and a fascinating jigsaw The Times Fresh, fast-paced, compulsive and clever -- Nick Hornby

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About the Author

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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Product Details

Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Published
7th July 2016
Edition
20th
Pages
464
ISBN
9780241976562
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