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The Circle in the Press

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Nov 7, 2013, 3:56pm Top

Just reading this review of The Circle by Margaret Atwood in the New York Review of Books and it occurred to me it might be nice to have a thread of reviews.

There obviously may be material that some consider spoilery (spoilerish? spoileresque?) so read at your own risk if that sort of thing brings you down.

Nov 7, 2013, 3:58pm Top

And Ellen Ullman's review in the New York Times (I know--so far just peer reviews).

Nov 7, 2013, 4:02pm Top

There are summaries of (and links to) Wired, Salon, and Gawker reviews on The Circle's LT page.

Nov 7, 2013, 4:28pm Top

And la Kakutani being a little less pissy than usual in The New York Times.

Edited: Nov 7, 2013, 4:42pm Top

Thanks, Becky. I was completely out of "first impressions." Margaret Atwood's review is excellent, and judging from what she has to say, she should have written the book. snark

Nov 8, 2013, 1:23am Top

FWIW, you can also add the reviews under "Published Reviews" for The Circle itself.

Nov 8, 2013, 2:03pm Top


Nov 10, 2013, 8:34am Top

I'm half-way through the book and feeling a little uncertain of what Eggers is trying to do or if (in fact) he's going anywhere at all. Atwood's opinion has given me the confidence I need to press on. Thanks Becky. I needed that.

Edited: Nov 10, 2013, 5:27pm Top

there is also some stuff going on at slate:

review: http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/books/2013/10/dave_eggers_tech_novel_th...
(i have added this to the book's 'published reviews' page too.)

audio book club @ slate: http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/11/08/the_circle_by_dave_eggers_dis...

Nov 15, 2013, 11:59am Top

There's a brief review in The Economist, in the section "Business Fiction": http://www.economist.com/news/business-books-quarterly/21587761-novel-where-comp...

Nov 16, 2013, 4:22pm Top

Nov 17, 2013, 9:39am Top

Yeah, Portland, ME. It would be nice if Portland, Maine had another independent—even if it was run by that guy ;)

Nov 18, 2013, 7:42am Top

I thought this was pretty funny. From Book Riot a while back - http://bookriot.com/2013/10/23/open-letter-dave-eggers/

Nov 18, 2013, 6:32pm Top

The Circle isn't on it, but here's a very recent list of Dystopian novels put together on Flavorwire: http://flavorwire.com/425625/15-works-of-dystopian-fiction-everyone-should-read/...

Edited: Nov 18, 2013, 9:03pm Top

#13 -- She's not wrong. :-)

Nov 29, 2013, 1:00pm Top

Thanks for the list of reviews. Loved Margaret Atwood's of course, but she didn't say whether or not she like the book.

Dec 27, 2013, 12:30pm Top

Here’s a New Yorker blog discussion of the book:

And in a New Yorker print article from October 28, 2013, The Circle is brought up in comparison to three non-fiction books on technology and quiet that are being reviewed: “Only Disconnect” by Evgeny Morozov, 33-37.

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