Pattaya Daily News

15 June 2010 :: 16:06:14 pm 25413

The Beach by Alex Garland

Richard, a twenty four year old English backpacker, escaping heartache and realities at home, spends his time searching for bigger and better places to see, eventually finding his way to Thailand.
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This trip is definitely something different with Richards’ dippy Scottish neighbor Daffy, who talks not stop about a beach which is tucked away in a remote part of Thailand that is considered a place of ideal perfection and social condition, unspoiled by tourism.

Richard is naturally curious and so teaming up with a French couple, Ettienne and Francoise, they set off in search of this legendary beach along with a hand drawn map given to him by Daffy, before he commits suicide.

Richards’ journey is one of a kind, a riveting and spectacular adventure. The author of this book describes the characters with such intricate detail which makes it a more interesting and realistic read.

Richard talks to the ghost of Daffy while lusting after Francoise.  The island in ‘The Beach’ could definitely pass for a secret hideaway with the reading of this book being the next best thing to swimming in the private lagoon, where the corals hide under the ripples of the water and the fish weave in and out of the seaweed.

Politics and obsessiveness to keep the island a secret gives an example of how quickly things can start going wrong. The Beach is a fast and furious read that transports its’ readers from place to place in a blink of an eye with the authors razor sharp writing and his amazing story telling.

This is an interesting and intelligent novel that examines the films of the Vietnam War and a generation of people who have lived in peace. This book is an enjoyable read and with a text that deserves a close observation.

Sarah Goldman

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