I first read The Beach by Alex Garland when it was first published almost 12 years ago. I read it during a long flight and considering I always feel sleepy while traveling, I don’t think I did much justice to it. Ended up feeling somewhat underwhelmed.
The Beach is a story of Richard a young American backpacker who wants to be a traveler (not a tourist). When he visits Thailand he wants a unique experience. He wants to stray off the tourist beaten track. He meets a stranger who befriends him and talks to him about a lonely secret beach on an isolated island, and gives him a map to the place. Richard decides to explore the beach, and he convinces a young French couple to go with him. What follows next is a strange combination of Lord of the Flies and Stranger in a Strange Land.
Since I didn’t care too much for the book and because the movie had poor reviews, I wasn’t expecting any great stuff when I caught the movie last week. But, I ended up being pleasantly surprised.