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The Beach (Paperback)

Author:  Alex Garland
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1573226521
ISBN-13: 9781573226523
Sku: 30343691
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Pages:  436
Age Range:  22 to UP
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Vietnam, me love you long time. All day, all night, me love you long time.||"Delta One-Niner, this is Alpha patrol. We are on the northeast face of hill Seven-Zero-Five and taking fire. Immediate air assistance required..." (from the first line)
The award-winning bestseller and cult hit that "The Village Voice" called "a truly awesome piece of work". ""The Beach" is fresh, fast-paced, compulsive, and clever--a "Lord of the Flies" for Generation X".--Nick Hornby, author of "High Fidelity".
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A rootless young Westerner believes he has stumbled upon paradise on a remote island off Thailand, a place known as "The Beach," until he discovers the deadly underside of the island's culture

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Washington Post Book World
"Alex Garland, at 26, seems like a natural-born storyteller. He's written a furiously intelligent first novel about backpacker culture in Southeast Asia, a book that moves with the kind of speed and grace many older writers can only daydream about. Just as impressively, Garland has written what may be the first novel about the search for genuine experience among members of the so-called X Generation...that's not snide or reflexively cynical." - Dwight Garner 02/09/1997

Times Literary Supplement
"This exceptional first novel by...Alex Garland creates a picture of an ideal society gone awry through the heady conjunction of a secret beach on an island in southeast Asia and a cultural breadth of reference determined by pop songs, the Vietnam War, and Nintendo Gameboys." - Giles Foden 10/18/96

Salon
"[A]n expertly crafted, sometimes gripping load of hooey." - Stephanie Zacharek 01/29/1999

New York Times Book Review
"[I]mpressive in its group portrait of a new generation of young vagabonds." - David Sacks 03/16/1997

Kirkus Reviews
"A mesmerizing first novel...that manages to be many things at once: a smart look at a generation way beyond mere disillusionment, an anti-travelogue to the most exotic of locales, a study in small-group psychology, and a convincing profile in madness. All this, and the dynamics of a fast-pace thriller....Garland owes as much to Conrad and Golding as he does to Coppola, Stone, and Warner Brothers cartoons, and it's that wild mix that helps make for a riveting read." 12/15/1996

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   18
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0436
Product attributePublisher:   Riverhead Books
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