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The Beach (1996) is a novel by Alex Garland about backpackers in Thailand. 1996 (MCMXCVI) is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... DeFoes Robinson Crusoe, Newspaper edition published in 1719 A novel (from French nouvelle, new) is an extended fictional narrative in prose. ... Alex Garland (left) with Danny Boyle Alex Garland (born 1970) is a British novelist, the son of the well-known and respected political cartoonist, Nick Garland. ... Backpacking is a subculture of generally youthful travellers exploring the planet on a limited budget. ...

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The Story

In a cheap guest-house, Richard, a young traveller from England, meets a mentally disturbed Scotsman going by the pseudonym of Daffy Duck who leaves him a hand-drawn map of some hidden beach inaccessible to tourists, and then commits suicide. Together with a young French couple, Étienne and Françoise, Richard, who considers himself a lifestyle traveller rather than an ordinary tourist, goes and looks for what he believes must be paradise on earth. Wikimedia Commons has media related to: England Travel guide to England from Wikitravel English language English law English (people) List of monarchs of England – Kings of England family tree List of English people Angeln (region in northern Germany, presumably the origin of the Angles for whom England is named) UK... The Scream, the famous painting commonly thought of as depicting the experience of mental illness. ... Scotsman may mean: a person from Scotland, in common parlance The Scotsman, a national newspaper based in Edinburgh, Scotland SCOTSMAN a well know mnemonic used by sales people to qualify project opportunities (Solution, Competition, Originality, Timescales, Size, Money, Authority, Need) The Scotsman, is the name of a character in the... A pseudonym (Greek: false name) is a fictitious name used by an individual as an alternative to his or her legal name. ... Daffy Duck in Duck Amuck. ... A map of the world by Johannes Kepler A map is a simplified depiction of a space, a navigational aid which highlights relations between objects within that space. ... 90 mile beach Australia A beach or strand is a geological formation consisting of loose rock particles such as sand, shingle, cobble, or even shell along the shoreline of a body of water. ... A tourist boat travels the River Seine in Paris, France Tourism can be defined as the act of travel for the purpose of recreation, and the provision of services for this act. ... Suicide (from Latin sui caedere, to kill oneself) is the act of willfully ending ones own life; it is sometimes a noun for one who has committed or attempted the act. ... A tourist boat travels the River Seine in Paris, France Tourism can be defined as the act of travel for the purpose of recreation, and the provision of services for this act. ... Look up Paradise in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Paradise is also a title of a tv-series The word paradise is derived from the Avestan word of pairidaeza (a walled enclosure), which is a compound of pairi- (around), a cognate of the Greek peri-, and -diz (to create, make). ...


On their way to the beach, Richard gives a copy of the map to Sammy and Zeph, two Americans he meets in Koh Samui. When the group finally reaches the beach - after bribing a local boat contractor, taking a long swim and eventually jumping down a waterfall - they are faced with a tightly-knit self-sufficient community which has almost completely shut itself off from civilization and which has developed a sophisticated hierarchy (or pecking order) under the quasi-dictatorial rule of a middle-aged American woman called Sal and her lover. Newcomers are basically not welcome but are not sent back either because it would jeopardize the secrecy of the project. Richard, Étienne and Françoise manage to incorporate themselves into the island community and are quickly accepted, forming a new fishing detail. 90 mile beach Australia A beach or strand is a geological formation consisting of loose rock particles such as sand, shingle, cobble, or even shell along the shoreline of a body of water. ... Na Thon viewed from the mountain jungle Ko Samui (or Koh Samui, Thai เกาะสมุย) is an island off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus in Thailand, close to the mainland Surat Thani town. ... Hopetoun Falls near Otway National Park, Victoria, Australia A waterfall is usually a geological formation resulting from water, often in the form of a stream flowing over an erosion-resistant rock formation that forms a sudden break in elevation. ... Autonomy is the condition of something that does not depend on anything else. ... ... A civilization (American English) or civilisation (British English) has a variety of meanings related to human society. ... A hierarchy (in Greek: Ιεραρχία, it is derived from ιερός-hieros, sacred, and άρχω-arkho, rule) is a system of ranking and organizing things or people. ... A hierarchy (in Greek hieros = sacred, arkho = rule) is a system of ranking and organizing things. ... Dictatorship, in contemporary usage, refers to absolute rule by a leadership (usually one dictator) unrestricted by law, constitutions, or other social and political factors within the state. ... An intimate relationship is a interpersonal relationship where there is a great deal of physical or emotional intimacy. ...


After a few months the two Americans and three Germans arrive at the neighbouring island and Richard moves to the perimeter detail to watch them together with the group's guardian Jed, the only one who knows that Richard spread word about the beach.


Because of a free spot in the fishing detail, one of the community members named Keaty moves in and a few days later catches a dead squid that poisons most of the residents. The day after the food poisoning incident only two of the fishing details are still in operation. One of these, consisting of three Swedes who fish outside the safe lagoon area, is attacked by a shark. One of the fishermen (Sten) dies on the same day and the second (Christo) a few days later. The third (Karl), who was not hurt by the shark, suffers a psychotic breakdown and leaves the beach by the only boat a week later. The wounded Swede requires Jed's presence in the camp and this leaves Richard to work alone on the island. Fishing is the activity of hunting for fish. ... ... Suborders Myopsina Oegopsina Squids are the large, diverse group of marine cephalopods popular as food in cuisines as widely separated as Korean and Italian. ... The skull and crossbones symbol traditionally used to label a poisonous substance. ... This mid bay barrier in Narrabeen, a suburb of Sydney (Australia), has blocked what used to be a bay to form a lagoon. ... Orders Hexanchiformes Squaliformes Pristiophoriformes Squatiniformes Heterodontiformes Orectolobiformes Carcharhiniformes Lamniformes Sharks are a group (superorder Selachimorpha) of fish, with a full cartilaginous skeleton, a streamlined body plan, with normally 5, but up to 7 (depending on species) gill slits along the side of, or beginning slightly behind, the head (in some...


Being alone on the inner-island, Richard has even more day-dreams in which Daffy - the man who gave him the map - appears, along with hallucinations of being in a DMZ in Vietnam. This comes to a peak following the arrival of the American/German group, who are killed by mercenaries defending their illegal drug stash. Richard watches the entire episode and loses his sense of reality. In military terms, a demilitarized zone (DMZ) is an area, usually the frontier or boundary between two or more groups, where military activity is not permitted, usually by treaty or other agreement. ... Mercenary (disambiguation). ... A psychoactive drug or psychotropic substance is a chemical that alters brain function, resulting in temporary changes in perception, mood, consciousness, or behaviour. ... Reality in everyday usage means everything that exists. ...


Not only does Richard go mad, but the other beach dwellers, who forced themselves to return to normal life after the burial of Sten, lose their grip on reality. Petty feuds and disagreements are brewing between the residents, but the upcoming Tet Feast - the Beach's birthday - is supposed to be a turning point. During the festival, however, the mercenaries arrive and leave the dead bodies of the American/German party as a warning. Most of the beach dwellers work themselves into a murderous frenzy from which Richard and a few of his closest friends narrowly escape. A birthday is the date on which a person was born. ...


In the end they escape to the mainland. Some lose contact with one another, while Richard stays friendly with some.


Film version

The Beach was also turned into a 2000 film by the Trainspotting team of writer John Hodge and director Danny Boyle. It starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Virginie Ledoyen. However, some major changes in the plot were made. Sal becomes British, Richard becomes an American, for example, and the romance between him and Françoise is played up. The song during the travel sequence is "8 Ball" by Underworld. This article is about the year 2000. ... Films are produced by recording actual people and objects with cameras, or by creating them using animation techniques and/or special effects. ... Trainspotting is a 1996 black comedy film directed by Danny Boyle based on the novel Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh about a group of heroin addicts in Edinburgh and their passage through life. ... John Hodge is a British screenwriter, most noted for his adaptation of Irvine Welshs novel Trainspotting into the script for the film of the same title. ... Danny Boyle (born 20th October 1956) is a film director and producer born in Manchester. ... Leonardo DiCaprio during press conference on The Beach, 2000 Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (born November 11, 1974) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor well known for roles in blockbuster movies like Titanic (1997) and The Aviator (2004), and was famed for his far reaching global celebrity influence dubbed as Leo... Virginie Ledoyen on the cover of Details magazine Virginie Ledoyen (born November 15, 1976) is a French actress. ... // Plot in literature, theater, movies According to Aristotles Poetics, a plot in literature is the arrangement of incidents that (ideally) each follow plausibly from the other. ... The current members of the electronic band Underworld: Karl Hyde on the left, and Rick Smith, on the right. ...


Parts of the movie were filmed on Ko Phi Phi Lee, an island of Thailand. Mahya Bay Another view of Mahya Beach Ko Phi Phi Lee is an island of the Phi Phi archipelago, in the Andaman Sea. ...


Cast and roles include

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Critiques on The Beach

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See also

Hans Christian Andersen: A Poets Bazaar Julian Barnes: England, England T. C. Boyle: The Road to Wellville Agatha Christie: Death on the Nile Nicholas Christopher: A Trip to the Stars Stephen Clarke: A Year in the Merde E. M. Forster: Where Angels Fear to Tread and A Room with... A Lord of the Flies cover Lord of the Flies is an allegorical novel by the Nobel Prize-winning author William G. Golding. ... On the Beach is a post-apocalyptic end-of-the-world novel written by British author Nevil Shute after he had emigrated to Australia. ... On the Road is a novel by Jack Kerouac, published by Viking Press in 1957. ...

External links

  • Official Web Site
  • The Beach (2000) at the Internet Movie Database
  • Review and information about Garland
  • Interview, review and excerpt
  • Source for this article (FDL)
  • Environmental campaign against the movie
  • The complete reference about the movie, with hundreds of pictures, info about the cast, locations, crew, etc.

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