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Community Level 6carminator

carminator

Lost on the beach!

AdvantagesEnthralling and imaginative

DisadvantagesNot everyone's cup of tea!

"...own life. I had heard of the film the beach but never really watched it because I hadn’t really heard good things about it, I am glad that I kept to my guns now as I prefer to read a book before watching a film. If you watch a film first your imagination is destroyed by images of the film and you constantly refer back to the film whilst reading the book. I wasn’t aware that The Beach was initially a book, I don’t know why because most films originate ..." Read review
25.03.2004

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Community Level 2nikcook

nikcook

Son of a BEACH

AdvantagesCompelling read

DisadvantagesNo need for stills from the film

"...check out ‘The Beach’. Yes the same as the film starring Leonardo DiCaprio. I must admit that the thought of watching heart throb DiCaprio running around in a pair of shorts in paradise for an hour and a half did not inspire me to pop down to my local picture house. Then again, not being a great lover of books, especially novels, I am not quite sure why I picked up my girlfriend’s book at 6.30am while the rest of the campsite in Sheringham was ..." Read review
30.07.2001

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Community Level 5DoubleFant...

DoubleFantasy11

Beach life isn't what it seems...

AdvantagesGood story, easy to read, unique.

DisadvantagesSimplistic characters, graphic in places.

"...some people seem to hate the film version of The Beach so much - after all, watching a topless Leonardo DiCaprio for a couple of hours is no hardship! So I read the novel. I now realise what all the fuss was about. The unique elements of the novel are completely omitted from the film and the heartbreakingly subtle relationships between characters are made overt and crude. Richard is a young British traveller in 'backpacker land', Bangkok. He is ..." Read review
23.01.2006

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Community Level 3emilystobbs

emilystobbs

The highs and lows of Beach Life

AdvantagesTotally different from the film, you leanr a lot more about the characters

Disadvantagessometimes confusing, i blame Mr Duck

"...Luckily when I saw the film 'The Beach' I hadn't previously read the novel. I had been told how much better the book was and so I had to see for myself. To be fair, I thought the film was a bit weak although I liked the concept of the story. Surely the book had to be an improvement? The basis of the storyline is simple, an English backpacker called Richard (Leonardo DiCaprio, English?) is given a map by a suicidal traveller called Daffy. With his ..." Read review
22.03.2001

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Community Level 2ReiKo

ReiKo

The Paradise in Mind?

AdvantagesUnforgettable experience of adventures and totally secluded paradise for the duration of the novel.

DisadvantagesThe time it takes, although it is compensated by the amazing story.

"...get boring. Wrong. The Beach, contrary to the movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is a gripping adventure, jam-packed with suspense and anxiety that it really takes your breath away. Richard comes across a map to the secret island of paradise. He and two others set off to find this paradise which is so exclusive and hidden from the real world that they could hardly imagine the thought of going home any time soon. However, being stuck on an island, ..." Read review
11.09.2000

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Community Level 2EdFear

EdFear

Tripping the Beach Fantastic

AdvantagesFinger on the pulse, kept me glued!

DisadvantagesUm..... none!

"...was supposed to be reading The Lord of The Flies for school, but left it at home. I saw that someone had left The Beach in our holiday villa so I decided I'd read it as my sister said it was a brilliant book and much better than the film (which I liked). And how right she was. Alex Garland is a young man and so is really in touch with what young people do. My sister was in Thailand (where the book is set) at the same time and visited the same places ..." Read review
13.09.2000

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Community Level 2Nicola7

Nicola7

Worth Reading

AdvantagesDescriptive

DisadvantagesComplex

"The Beach is an extremely descriptive book giving you vivid images throughout. I reccommend, however, watching the film first as it can be quite hard to understand and follow the plot. The characters are depicted very well throughout and the plot remains consistent. It tells the story of Richard, a traveller and his journey to a paradise island in Thailand. His journey is filled with obstacles and gives you a very real insight into the world of the ..." Read review
13.07.2000

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Community Level 2Jo_babe

Jo_babe

Better than the film

AdvantagesLots of different events occur

DisadvantagesThe film isnt very good

"I originally bought the book to help me to understand the film which i had heard was pretty confusing. What i found was that the book went into more depth than the film and you were able to understand Richard much more. The book follows Richard as heb goes to Bankok seeking the perfect paradise. Unfortunately many other travellors are searching for the same thing and Bankok seems to have become a holiday destination;not what he was looking for. ..." Read review
20.05.2001

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Community Level 4lec299

lec299

Take me to the beach

Advantagesgreat narrative, plot-line, depictions of charcters and places

Disadvantagessomewhat ruined by the film

"...hugely successful in doing so. The film has come along, added alien plot-lines, and somewhat destroyed the superb narrative. If you haven't already seen the much-hyped film, please read the novel first. It is a stunning depiction of Thailand and very true to the country (having been there recently myself). He illustrates each character so beautifully in the novel, where as the film ignores and almost distances the audience from the character's history ..." Read review
21.12.2000

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Community Level 3Mouldy_Che...

Mouldy_Cheese

Damn good book, well worth a look.

AdvantagesInvolving, stylish, great writing

DisadvantagesNone?

"...reader. I started off with The Secret Seven, moved on to The Famous Five, then progressed through The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. As I grew older, I started to read many, many trashy horror novels. Then, as I approached 14, I started on some mainstream adult reading – King, Koontz, Grisham. It was at this point, when I was starting to tire of the intelligently written but overall meaningless narrative of the aforementioned, that I found the book ..." Read review
15.04.2001

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Community Level 1littleanna

littleanna

very groovy

Advantagescool plot

Disadvantagesbad ending

"This really is the coolest book. I read in in the space of about 2 days because I couldn't put it down! The characters are a bit cooshie but all in all the writing is very good. I love the desription stuff and the way it is written really makes you feel like you are there. I am never going to see the film though because they changed bits in it that I realy enjoyed in the book and which made it a better read. And also the film was apparantly a dissapointment! ..." Read review
11.07.2000

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Community Level 1mark-burton

mark-burton

definately worth reading

Advantageseasy read, exciting plot

Disadvantageshmmmmmm..

"I read the beach just before i went to go and see the film, and if you haven't seen the film, you should definately read the book, large amounts of th plot has been altered and there are a few fairly important characters who have been left out the film entirely. The beach is a very easy book to read and is very exciting, the chapters are broken downs in to small sections meaning that it is a lot easier to read faster because you know that you can ..." Read review
10.07.2000

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Community Level 1sjmordue

sjmordue

Have you seen the film?

AdvantagesA great read

DisadvantagesNone

"Have you seen the film of the book? If you enjoyed the film then read the book and if you didn't enjoy the film then still read the book. The book is by far superior - it's a travel book that leads it's narrator on the search of a lifetime. A search for an island that may exist, a paradise that is talked about only in hushed tones, and a search for the soul within. The book takes you thorugh the culture of the traveller relating with intense fascination ..." Read review
12.07.2000

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Community Level 2doctorgroove

doctorgroove

Overrated?

Advantagesyou do get involved in it, but only with a couple of the characters

Disadvantagesnot really all that original.

"The Beach... I have to say, I may be the only person in the entire world who enjoyed the film more than the book. It took me a few months to read the book. I read the first few chapters and didn't really get into it. But then during the holidays, I read through the rest in a couple of days. It was kind of addictive, but not as much as some books can be. The storyline is good, but I felt it was little more than a glorified Robinson Crusoe. I ..." Read review
19.07.2000

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Community Level 3lewiscrofts

lewiscrofts

overhyped

Advantagesgood for young travellers

Disadvantagescrap story

"I cannot understand what the big fuss is about with this book. It seems to be a self proclaimed hit. The front cover is adorned with the words of that great literary critic, Nick Hornby, “Has all the makings of a cult classic.” Yes, OK, has all the makings of a cult classic, but isn’t one. It is a good book, it has a fairly decent story and through its exoticism holds the attention of any reader sitting in his flat in Croydon, but it is not a ‘great’ ..." Read review
17.07.2000

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