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Fiction - Modern Fiction - ISBN: 1573220485, 0670870145, 0141031778, 0140270051, 0140258418, 1573226521

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“Worth Reading”

published 13/07/2000

Descriptive

Complex

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...

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Excellent

“Tripping the Beach Fantastic”

published 13/09/2000

Finger on the pulse, kept me glued!

Um..... none!

Whilst on holiday I 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...

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Excellent

“Lost on the beach!”

published 25/03/2004

Enthralling and imaginative

Not everyone's cup of tea!

Finally I have had time to read a book for pleasure, instead of looking for relevant quotes or reading for my degree. I haven’t read a book since I went on holiday last year and this book was a great way to remind me how much I love to read. I like lots of different genres of books as long as...

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Excellent

“Son of a BEACH”

published 30/07/2001

Compelling read

No need for stills from the film

SON OF A BEACH. Fancy a good read. If so 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...

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Super

Good story, easy to read, unique.

Simplistic characters, graphic in places.

It has always confused me why 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...

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Excellent

Totally different from the film, you leanr a lot m...

sometimes confusing, i blame Mr Duck

There's nothing worse than reading a book then seeing a movie adaptation that bears few,if any similarities. 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...

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Excellent

“The Paradise in Mind?”

published 11/09/2000

Unforgettable experience of adventures and totally...

The time it takes, although it is compensated by t...

Being a novel of 448 pages it somehow deters many readers from reading it because it is too long or it might 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...

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Excellent

“Take me to the beach”

published 21/12/2000

great narrative, plot-line, depictions of charcter...

somewhat ruined by the film

Alex Garland wrote 'The Beach' and was 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...

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Excellent

“much better than the film”

published 23/09/2000

compelling and enjoyable.

quite long, but this shouldn't put you off reading...

i made the mistake of seeing the film before reading this book. i say mistake because i had all the images of the charaters in my mind already; leo di caprio as richard, for instance. to be honest, although i quite enjoyed the film, the book it twice as good. the characters are more likeable and...

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Excellent

“Better than the film”

published 20/05/2001

Lots of different events occur

The 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...

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Excellent

Makes you want to leave everything, pack your bags...

An extreme ending? You decide.

I read, 'The Beach' in three days and those three days just flew by like nothing ever existed apart from me, the Beach and the whole atmosphere that is contained within. I thought this book was nothing other than fantastic and pure living fantasy. It's a real fast-paced, thrilling adventure (with...

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Excellent

Involving, stylish, great writing

None?

This is completely redone...my old one was a pile of poo. I have always been a good 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...

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Excellent

“definately worth reading”

published 09/07/2000

easy read, exciting plot

hmmmmmm..

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...

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Super

A rollercoster of a book showing how the mind can ...

The start can seem a little slow.

The Beach by Alex Garland focuses on backpackers in Thailand who become captivated by the beauty of 'the beach', a legendary and idyllic location, untouched by tourism. Simple plot summary to reveal no spoilers: Richard, a young English traveller comes across a bizzare Scotish man whilst residing...

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Good

“The Beach”

published 01/12/2004

Its a good book to read on holiday

not much cop anywhere else...

This book is the debut from its author. Its publication and sucess (pre-film, anyway) may largely be attributed to the emergence in recent times of the "backpacker culture". This is not intended as a criticsm of it's author, who has constructed a novel that is at times gripping, beautiful and...

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