I discovered this author Alex Garland about 4 years ago when I read “The Beach” for the first time. I was in high school and wasn’t much into reading for my own personal enjoyment. However, this book really took a hold of me. It was a genuine gripping, page-turner. I had actually been a fan of the film before I ever picked up the book. The movie a moderately well-known picture from the nineties starring Leonardo DiCaprio. After seeing the movie I had no immediate interest in reading the book but I had thought about it. It wasn’t until I was looking in my parents massive bookshelf for a book required at school that I found “The Beach” hiding between a couple National Geographic magazines.
The book is essentially junk-food for the intellectual reader, but it’s a really great read with some suspenseful twists and turns. The novel revolves around a young man named Richard who is backpacking in Thailand and encounters a strange fellow nick-named “Daffy” who leaves a interesting memento for Richard after he kills himself.
I really enjoy his writing style because his lays down ideas on the page that flow with natural ease. He has this unique ability to relate the reader to his writing. His writing is simple but well spoken; I think it’s the way he describes such mundane events with words that associate the reader to the context of what’s happening in the story.
Recently I just finsihed reading Alex’s second novel called Tesseract. It’s a gritty crime drama/love story that takes place in Manila. It explores the lives of several residents of the Manila slums ranging from crime bosses to slum children. These lives intersect resulting in a surprising ending but I’ll let you find that out for yourself.