The Beach

by Alex Garland | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0140270051 Global Overview for this book
Registered by jazz-ee2 of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on 6/15/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by jazz-ee2 from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, June 15, 2005
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 Review

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Journal Entry 2 by jazz-ee2 at on Wednesday, June 15, 2005

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Left at The Advocacy Alliance at The Resource (at the rear of Duncan Mac House), in preparation for a new reading group, to be launched on Wednesday 29th June, 11-2pm. Come along and see the Book Doctor!

Journal Entry 3 by Resource-NNAA on Sunday, July 17, 2005
This book has been picked up from The Resource, so obviously well and truly in the wild. We wish it well on its' travels!

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