Plot summary[ edit ] In a cheap hotel on the Khao San Road in BangkokRichard, a young English backpacker, meets a mentally disturbed Scotsman going by the alias of Daffy Duck who gives him a hand-drawn map, with directions to a beautiful island with a hidden lagoon and beach, located in the Gulf of Thailand and inaccessible to tourists. Shortly after receiving the map, Richard discovers that Daffy has committed suicide. When the three finally reach the hidden beach — after bribing a local boat pilot, swimming from an adjacent island, discovering a cannabis plantation in the jungle and avoiding the armed owners, and eventually jumping over a waterfall — they discover a group of around 30 backpackers that have largely shut off the outside world to live a slow-paced life of leisure, under the de facto leadership of an American woman called Sal and her South African lover Bugs, who, along with Daffy, founded the community there in They live in a village of hand-built wooden huts and tents, located near a large and beautiful beach and lagoon that is encircled by cliffs and connected to the sea by underwater caves.
He graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in History of Art. Novel writing[ edit ] InGarland's first novel, The Beach was published. The Beach is based upon Garland's own travels across Europe and the Philippines, it tells the story of a young English backpacker who discovers an unspoiled sea shore occupied by a community of like-minded backpackers.
The novel is noted for its references to drug culturesequences of hallucinations and unique depictions of excess and utopiawhich have been commended by critics. The Beach was initially met with positive reviews, and with a spreading word of mouth response the novel grew into a cult classic.
InGarland followed up The Beach with The Tesseracta non-linear narrative with several interwoven characters set in Manila, Philippines. The novel is characterized by a post-modernist narrative style and structure. It explores several themes such as love and violence through each character's circumstance and context of surroundings as well as seemingly inconsequential actions and the repercussions of those actions on other characters.
The Tesseract did not enjoy the critical or commercial success of The Beach, but it too was the subject of a film adaptation. Throughout his career and work, Garland has expressed his love of travel particularly backpacking and his love of Manila, Philippinesmuch of which would influence his work.
The film starred Leonardo DiCaprio. Weiss and Josh Olson rewrote this during for a release, though the film was later cancelled. Garland served as an executive producer on 28 Weeks Laterthe sequel to 28 Days Later.
He also wrote the script for Dreddan adaptation of the Judge Dredd comic book series from AD.
InKarl Urbanwho played the eponymous role in the film, stated that it was Garland who deserved credit for also directing Dredd. The film won a Jury Prize at the Gerardmer Film Festival and earned Garland a nomination for an Academy award for best original screenplay.
Garland has described it as "an adaptation which was a memory of the book," rather than book-referenced screenwriting, to capture the "dream like nature" and tone of his reading experience.The Beach was the debut novel by Alex Garland, a British writer who's gone on to pen the screenplays for an impressive bunch of UK-produced science fiction films.
Garland authored 28 Days Later () and Sunshine (), adapted Kazuo Ishiguro's novel Never Let Me Go (), as well as the comic book Dredd (), the version that was /5(K). Alex Garland is an English novelist, screenwriter, film producer and director.
He is best known for the films Ex Machina () and Annihilation (). Garland's others works as a writer includes The Beach (), 28 Days Later (), Sunshine (), Never Let Me Go () and Dredd ().Born: May 26, No matter where you go on this small planet of ours, you will encounter ‘Garland’s Law.’ That is, for every 10 people under the age of thirty that you meet, approximately per cent of them will have read or be reading Alex Garland’s first novel, The Beach.
Actually, I just made that up, and it already seems too conservative. Alex Garland is an English novelist, screenwriter, film producer and director. He is best known for the films Ex Machina () and Annihilation ().Born: May 26, of 66 results for "The Beach Alex Garland" Showing selected results.
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$ ( used & new offers) Audible Audiobook. Alex Garland was born in London in The Beach, his first novel, received great critical acclaim. It was a national bestseller in the UK and hit many regional lists in the US. He lives in London. The Tesseract is also available from Brilliance Audio.
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