The beach alex garland book report

The beach alex garland book report

With a free spot in Gregorio's fishing detail, Keaty takes Richard's place. Unceremoniously dropped into the bustling life of Bangkok, Thailand, we follow Rich in his quest for adventure, and his subsequent disappointment with the well trodden tourist route he actually finds.

Daffy Mister Duck — A Scottish traveller and one of the three original founders of the beach; appears as a mental apparition in Richard's consciousness in the later parts of the novel after his suicide.

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Richard comes to appreciate that Daffy killed himself because he could neither endure the unravelling of his elitist vision of the beach as the group grew in size, nor bear the thought of a return to either backpacking or settled life, and notes that he is also falling prey to that way of thinking.

Richard lands in Thailand and receives a map to a beach paradise through the kindness of a stranger, who soon thereafter commits suicide. At times, Garland seems to be trying to say something powerful about the perils of desiring a history-less Eden.

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Daffy describes this act as "euthanizing" the community, and Richard realizes he was merely a pawn in Daffy's revenge plan. Daffy is the sole person in the community completely against his uninvited arrival.

Sal — American; one of the three original founders of the beach, and the unofficial leader of the community.

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Invited by Sal and Bugs to the beach after they enjoy going on a jungle trek with him over the Burmese border. Richard also volunteers, and so the two travel back to Koh Phangan for their supplies. The setting and location is a character in the book as much as any of the travellers, and the detail with which the surroundings are described prove to be vivid and razor sharp. Richard and his friends are about to slip away when the Thai farmers arrive. The Beach offers possibilities, and even though you know you'll probably never go and try them, it's nice to know they're there all the same. The founders have chosen only a small number of friends and acquaintances to come to the island, and thus newcomers are not welcome, but they are not sent away because doing so would jeopardize the secrecy of the community. Garland's portrayal of Rich is spot on, he's not tried to make him into one of those people we love to hate, who deserve to go to the island because of their constant selflessness. For several months, Richard finds life on the island idyllic, fishing in the mornings and relaxing the rest of the time. Invited by Bugs to the beach after cooking him an excellent meal in Srinagar. The commune also indulges in coconut beer, and soon everyone, including some of Richard's friends, are drunk and hallucinating. The film hardly does the book justice, it misses out vital relationships and gives you far less of an insight into just why people are the way they are. He gets the impression that they are haughty and aloof, and never gets to know them very well. They are also mindful of upsetting the Thai cannabis farmers , with whom they originally agreed to keep to separate territories but who have more recently warned them not to bring anyone new to the island, as the farmers fear discovery by the police. After escaping death several times, causing bodily injury and death to almost everyone he meets, and serving as the catalyst to end the dream of the beach commune, Richard arrives relatively unharmed back in England. I have just finished reading it 10 minutes ago, during the first minutes of the 28th of July , after 48 hours of not being able to put it down.

Richard's new friends, Etienne and Fran oise, convince him to help them find the island.

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