The Beach

by Alex Garland | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0140270051 Global Overview for this book
Registered by squirk of Lambeth, Greater London United Kingdom on 3/12/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by squirk from Lambeth, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, March 12, 2005
This is such a good book. I have one in my permanent collection and picked up another for release.

The blurb from Amazon:
Amazon.co.uk Review
In our ever-shrinking world, where popular Western culture seems to have infected every nation on the planet, it is hard to find even a small niche of unspoiled land--forget searching for pristine islands or continents. This is the situation in Alex Garland's debut novel, The Beach. Human progress has reduced Eden to a secret little beach near Thailand. In the tradition of grand adventure novels, Richard, a rootless traveller rambling around Thailand on his way somewhere else, is given a hand-drawn map by a madman who calls himself Daffy Duck. He and two French travellers set out on a journey to find this paradise.
What makes this a truly satisfying novel is the number of levels on which it operates. On the surface it's a fast-paced adventure novel; at another level it explores why we search for these utopias, be they mysterious lost continents or small island communes. Garland weaves a gripping and thought-provoking narrative that suggests we are, in fact, such products of our Western culture that we cannot help but pollute and ultimately destroy the very sanctuary we seek. --Amazon.com

Synopsis
Richard is drawn into a strange conversation in a hotel. He hears of a secret island Garden of Eden hidden in the scattered islands of a Thai marine park. Next morning, he finds a map pinned to his door and the man who put it there has slashed his wrists. The challenge is irresistible and he sets off on a perilous journey in search of Shangri-La.


Journal Entry 2 by BookAid on Monday, March 14, 2005
This book kindly donated by Squirk for a special project.

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