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The Beach Summary
Alex Garland

Everything you need to understand or teach The Beach by Alex Garland.

  • The Beach Summary & Study Guide
  • 30 The Beach Lessons
  • 20 Activities
  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 60 Short Essay Questions
  • 20 Essay Questions
  • Pre-Made Tests and Quizzes
  • ...and more

The Beach Summary

Plot Summary

The Beach by Alex Garland is the story of a young British man who escapes his life through travel, largely funded by his family. The story is related by Richard through first person. Richard lands in Thailand and receives a map to a beach paradise through the kindness of a stranger, who soon thereafter commits suicide. Richard pairs up with a French couple and the three manage to follow the map and join the beach commune. Paradise turns out to be a sunlit prison run by a kind but stern woman who was one of the founders. Richard tries to blend in to the commune but is soon bored. His indiscretion in sharing the map with some Americans and then not telling anyone about it leads to the ultimate downfall of the commune. After escaping death several times, causing bodily injury and death to almost everyone he meets...

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