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This is an auction for THE BEACH by Alex Garland.

“Alex Garland captures all the cynicism and disjuncture of his generation in his gripping first novel. Richard, his narrator, is a chain-smoking wanderer who has discovered that "escape through travel works," especially travel in Asia. He makes the acquaintance of fellow disaffected travelers in Bangkok, including a guy who goes by the name of Daffy Duck. Mister Duck (as Richard calls him) bequeaths a carefully drawn map to our hero just before committing suicide, and soon Richard and a young French couple he befriends are on their way to the Beach, a forbidden island paradise. They barely survive their journey, or the shock of discovering that the island highlands are covered with fields of marijuana guarded by Thai commandos. Garland is a wonder; he's able to write unrelentingly suspenseful, downright hallucinatory action scenes, then balance them with passages of chillingly accurate psychology. His intensely imagined tale is a brilliant update of Lord of the Flies. THE BEACH has cult status scrawled all over it.”
- Booklist (US)

Very favourable reviews on

Penguin paperback 1997.

439 pages.

An inscription on the inside front cover. Otherwise, very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $3.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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