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Alex Garland

Author of The Beach

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Born in London in 1970, Alex Garland published his first novel, The Beach, when he was 26. Set among a group of backpackers in Southeast Asia, The Beach is a fast-paced and suspenseful thriller that has been called the first serious Generation X novel. Like The Lord of the Flies, to which it has show more sometimes been compared, The Beach deals with a dark side of humanity, revealed when the characters find themselves set apart from civilization. Garland's second novel, The Tesseract, was published in 1998 and is also set in Southeast Asia, this time in the Philippines. The Tesseract follows the lives of several different characters during one night in Manila, with the different stories all coming together to meet in an explosive ending. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Works by Alex Garland

The Beach (1996) 5,002 copies
The Tesseract (1998) 1,241 copies
The Coma (2004) 982 copies
28 Days Later [2002 film] (2002) — Screenwriter — 430 copies
Ex Machina [2014 movie] (2014) 255 copies
Annihilation [2018 film] (2018) — Director — 154 copies
Never Let Me Go [2010 film] (2010) — Screenwriter — 85 copies
28 Days Later: Screenplay (2002) 65 copies
Sunshine: A Screenplay (2007) 47 copies
Men [2022 film] (2022) 14 copies
Ultima spiaggia 2 copies
A part (1999) 2 copies
Civil war [film] — Director — 2 copies
O TESSERACT 1 copy
1999 1 copy
Men 1 copy
Episode 1 1 copy
Dredd (2012) 1 copy
Halo 1 copy

Associated Works

Sunshine [2007 film] (2007) — Screenwriter — 169 copies
The Beach [2000 film] (2000) — Original novel — 105 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 74 • July 2016 (2016) — Contributor — 8 copies

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It's hard to pinpoint why I liked this. Ostensibly, not much really "happens," but something about it just compelled me. Interesting thoughts on human character.
 
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Jenniferforjoy | 92 other reviews | Jan 29, 2024 |
Very trippy book. Had to finish it in a single sitting and left me in something of an altered state for a few hours afterwards. Highly recommended
 
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toddtyrtle | 22 other reviews | Dec 28, 2022 |
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archivomorero | 92 other reviews | Nov 9, 2022 |
This book is about a despised lifestyle of entitled youths who are so entitled that they can go ruin paradise in Asia with their runaway numbers. An English boy in Thailand finds out about"the beach," a "paradise" on a remote island in the gulf of Thailand, prohibited to visitors. Well, that's the kind of prohibition that he's bound to break, so he sets off with a French boy and girl, determined to make paradise their own. Amazingly enough, despite huge obstacles, they do make their way there, and join a small community of other entitled boys and girls playing at hippie commune. Because humans are, well, human, paradise can't last for long, plus, this place never belonged to them, right?
This is somewhat entertaining, but the entitlement, the animal cruelty, and the racism were hard to take. I won't be reading anymore from this author.
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