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The Coma

By Alex Garland

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Format: Paperback, 224 pages, Main Edition
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 July 2005
From the internationally-known author of The Beach, a gripping mystery and stylistic tour de force that delves into the subconscious mind, with brilliantly disturbing results.A young man is brutally assaulted in an underground train while protecting a young woman from a gang of thugs. Beaten unconscious, he lies for days in a hospital bed - but appears to make a full recovery. On discharge from hospital, Carl picks up the threads of his daily life, visiting friends, seeing his girlfriend - until he starts to notice strange leaps in his perception of time, distortions in his experience. Is he truly reacting with the outside world, or might he be terribly mistaken? So begins a dark psychological drama that raises profound questions about the boundary between the real and the imagined.This mysterious and unsettling tale is illustrated by 40 woodcuts created by the author's father, the eminent cartoonist Nicholas Garland.

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The Coma by Alex Garland is a gripping mystery and stylistic tour de force from the internationally known author of The Beach.

About the Author

Alex Garland is the author of the bestselling novels The Beach and The Tesseract. In 2003 he wrote the screenplay for Danny Boyle's hugely successful 28 Days Later.


"'The Coma is an unpaginated descent into a hall of mirrors, wherein the writer wants to play games with your head... it's a chilly mood piece - its shadowy tone redolent of Poe and Kafka (and its murky imaginative contours heightened by a series of dark woodcut illustrations by Garland's father)... a strange compelling ride into that realm where nothing is what it seems - and where night never really wakes up.' Douglas Kennedy, The Times 'It's a great story to read, but also a lovely visual object to possess.' Design Week 'Compelling and chilling... his father's illustrations heighten the oddness' Observer"

EAN: 9780571223107
ISBN: 0571223109
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Dimensions: 18 x 11.1 x 1.1 centimetres (0.13 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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“Refreshing” was the word that came to mind when I finished the book.

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