I read The Beach long before it was made into a movie with the unspeakable Leonardo DiCaprio (which I've never seen), and I was fascinated. I recognized the society Garland creates in The Beach in so many ways, it was scary and uncomfortable and utterly fascinating. I haven't yet have the guts to read The Beach again, but it left a real impressio...more
This "man," whose true identity even he is unsure about, is Carl. His experience begins as a series of scenes in which he seems to awake, all of a sudden someplace new. For the reader, it is no mystery that he i...more
Because of the situation (narrator in a coma, struggling to get out), it was pretty well impossible to get a good grip on who the narrator is/what is life is about... but in that it's easy to lose yourself to this novel & imagine yourself in that situation. He's searching for things within his memory that will spark him, shake him free of this coma, and he struggles with his inability to remember the details, the lyrics, these type of...more
Well this one is a very odd book.. but in a good way.
It was very odd for me because it resembles somehow my everyday work and routine.
Well for one the hero of the book is named Carl (mine's with a K). Next is that Carl was in a coma and a recurring character of a male nurse was with him for most parts of the book (I am an ICU nurse and I work with patients who are in coma almost everyday of my life). It became extremely awkward and odd for me at that time.
Actually it did occur to me one time on...more
“I do all this alone, everything I achieve, I achieve alone, because it's my head I'm locked into, and I share this space with nobody but myself.”
But there's one problem: it falls flat. There is no climactic event, no spectacular ending. It's as if Garland got tired...more
The book simply tells a story about a person in a coma—you might be able to guess that from the title, and what's different is that this book is utilising creepy woodblock illustration from Nicholas Garland (the father of the author) who is...more
Most reviewers compared The Coma to comic books or film, perhaps because, as a novel, it doesn't hold up terribly well. Its brevity necessitates some glaring omissions, such as Carl's age and job, and it's tough to care about the characters when we don't know much about them. Garland aims not so much to tell a good story as to examine and perhaps replicate altered states of consciousness. Some find the project intriguing, but for most, Garland's insights aren't worth their narrative price. Blend...more
Unfortunately, this felt less like a fully realised NOVEL and more like the author had a keen scientific interest in dreams, comas and the subconscious mind. As it is, I think this might've worked better as a short story in a larger collection, or maybe elements of it could've been reconfigured into an essay about dreamscapes. But when taken on its own, it's hard to regard The Coma as anything other than...more
De plot op zich (man heeft ongeluk - ligt in coma - ontwaakt en zet zijn leven verder - of toch niet?) is wel goed gevond...more
I found the idea of a lucid coma to be pretty inspired, and the protagonist's struggle to return to the waking wor...more
There are several phrases that really stood out - the main being "to wake is the same as to die" the anology that...more
Rifled with illustrations though out the book, each found at the start of the chapters, the coma is a super quick read and easily finished in a few hours. The story focuses on the protagonist, Carl, after a horrific attack on a subway train leaving him in a coma. When he comes to again he finds himself in a world that is different from his pre coma life. Carl starts to notice strange skips in time and weird differences between pre coma and post coma life. The Coma offers...more
The edition I read was the paperback, with a separate dustcover. It was a delight to hold; there was something about the binding, the texture, the layout, that perfectly suited the story...more
For a book that requires no bookmark, this one is a must. Like a riveting film, one of the best ones out there that you probably never got to see in the theater and sweetens the day considerably when you do sit down and invest and hour and a half, this one is worth it. Ev...more
I was pleasantly surprised. Garland has a simple style in The Coma, which on the surface seems almost crude or juvenile. Simple words and rather dull, generic description. But then, one realizes as a reader what Garland has done. He has...more
In any case, Garland's next novel and next two films remain among my favorites, particularly S...more
I managed to miss his second novel, but after the total mess that they made of the theatrical version of The Beach, I loved 28 Days Later, so I was excited the day I picked this book up, and in the first moments I remember finding it darkly compelling. Not too...more
This book is really good, if you're into psychology and all. Very Chilly. =)
Tells a story about a man, who got into an accident/crime. he was beaten to unconsciousness, and was placed into a state of coma. The book perfectly describes the difference of being in dream-life and wake-life.. and almost dead-life(coma). It digs well into the subconscious mind, with di...more
Garland is the son of political cartoonist Nick (Nicholas) Garland. He attended the independent University College School, in Hampstead, London, and the University of Manchester, where he studied art history.
His first novel, The Beach, was published in 1996 and drew on his experiences as a backpacker. The novel quickly became a cult c...more