Our virtual book club is open to all! Its theme in 2021 is The Traveler’s World and features books on travel or adventure narratives. We’re lucky to have Beth Ahlstrom, a former World Affairs Council Tacoma board member and seasoned international traveler, as our host.
Our April book club selection is The Beach, by British novelist Alex Garland. The beach, as Richard, our male protagonist, has come to learn, is the subject of legend among young travelers in Asia: a lagoon hidden from the sea, with white sand and coral gardens, freshwater falls surrounded by jungle, plants untouched for a thousand years. There, it is rumored, a carefully selected international few have settled in a communal Eden. But this Edenic paradise soon reveals itself to be much darker and foreboding, as Richard realizes all is not well in paradise.
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