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THE A5 BOOK REVIEW
A young backpacker in Thailand named Richard stumbles onto a hand-drawn map that leads him into a quest to find a glorious secret beach, a paradise untouched by civilization and only known to a small group of globe-trotting travelers. While Richard’s experience at first is idyllic, he soon is faced with the challenges that can arise in a social order without restraints. The book is very entertaining, both for the depth of the fast-paced story itself and also for the insight into backpacking culture. The Beach was astonishingly popular given that this was 26 year old Alex Garland’s first novel, based loosely on his own experiences traveling in the Philippines. ThIs book was made into a decent movie in 2002 starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
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ABOUT ALEX GARLAND
Alex Garland is a talented Generation X author, screenwriter, film producer and director from England. An avid traveler, he became famous with The Beach and then followed that up with The Tesseract, a non-linear novel set in the Philippines. He then moved onto film, most notably writing the screenplays for Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later and Sunshine. He also wrote the screenplay for Dredd, a movie adaption of the Judge Dredd comic book series. Most recently, Garland made his directorial debut in 2015 with Ex Machina, a science fiction thriller which explored the future of artificial intelligence, where he was nominated for an Academy Award.
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GREAT QUOTES FROM THE BEACH
“Trust me, it's paradise. This is where the hungry come to feed. For mine is the generation that travels the globe and searches for something we haven't tried before. So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite & never outstay the welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience— And if it hurts, you know what? It's probably worth it.”
- Alex Garland, The Beach
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