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'The Beach' is the most compelling adventure story of the last decade. It tells of a young traveller in Thailand, Richard, who is looking for that special, undiscovered place. When a fellow traveller dies, leaving Richard a map, he thinks he has found the island paradise of his dreams. And so he has, until his dreams become nightmares.