The Beach (Paperback)

Author: Garland, Alex

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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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Publisher Penguin Group USA
Mfg Part# 9781573226523
SKU 30343691
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1573226521
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.25L x 1T
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"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."
"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."
"[A]n expertly crafted, sometimes gripping load of hooey."
"[I]mpressive in its group portrait of a new generation of young vagabonds."
"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."
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First Line 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..."
Editors Note 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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Book Format Paperback
Minimum Age 18
Number of Pages 0436
Publisher Riverhead Books

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