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A Hologram for the King (edition 2012)

by Dave Eggers

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Title:A Hologram for the King
Authors:Dave Eggers
Info:McSweeney's (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 328 pages
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I really did not like this book- I found the plot dull and the main character unlikable. And while I am sure Eggers was trying to say something profound about American cultural and the capitalist drive- I was too unmoved to look too deeply into it. The one scene with any real emotional depth is the hunting scene- I will upon occasion catch my mind drifting back to these events, trying to work out my thoughts on the outcome. ( )
  Alidawn | Jan 29, 2016 |
Loved this! "Waiting for Godot"--or maybe Kafka's "The Castle"--for those living through the Second Great Depression and the Decline and Fall of the American Empire. And Eggers would probably hate that description. He pulls it all off with an unassuming, small story about a divorced American consultant and worried father on a business trip to Saudi Arabia, where he waits for the King to see his company's presentation. Whenever the story felt like it might fall into cliche, Eggers opted for the real. Beautifully direct, psychologically acute, culturally true. ( )
  bibleblaster | Jan 23, 2016 |
I really like Dave Eggers writing, but this one was not my favorite. The characters were interesting and the story carried along well, but I didn't feel a complete resolution at the end. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
I really like Dave Eggers writing, but this one was not my favorite. The characters were interesting and the story carried along well, but I didn't feel a complete resolution at the end. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
Listened. Gives you a good sense of the contradictions and weirdness of Saudia Arabia through American eyes. Would recommend. ( )
  idiotgirl | Dec 25, 2015 |
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The saving grace is that Eggers' subject is so timely and important, and the way he dramatises it so apt and amusing. [...] Eggers is good at conveying the hallucinatory, weightless feeling of expatriate life in the Gulf states: the featureless hotels that "could have been in Arizona, in Orlando, anywhere"; the wild parties in closed-off diplomatic compounds; the huge structures thrown up by oil wealth in the middle of nowhere.
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A diverting, well-written novel about a middle-aged American dreamer, joined to a critique of how the American dream has been subverted by outsourcing our know-how and manufacturing to third-world nations. That last is certainly a distinctly contemporary touch. However, as for Alan himself: We’ve seen him and his brothers before, in William Dean Howells’s “The Rise of Silas Lapham,” in Theodore Dreiser’s “The Financier” and Sinclair Lewis’s “Babbitt,” in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” and John Updike’s Rabbit novels. In literature, if not in life, middle-aged businessmen seldom find happiness.
 
Dave Eggers hat einen ebenso vergnüglichen wie gescheiten Roman über den Aberwitz der Globalisierung geschrieben.
 
In the New York Times Book Review, Pico Iyer called the novel “[a] supremely readable parable of America in the global economy that is haunting, beautifully shaped and sad ... With ferocious energy and versatility, [Eggers] has been studying how the world is remaking America ... Eggers has developed an exceptional gift for opening up the lives of others so as to offer the story of globalism as it develops and, simultaneously, to unfold a much more archetypal tale of struggle and loneliness and drift.”
 
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It's not every day that we are needed.
- Samuel Beckett
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For Daniel McSweeney, Ron Hadley,
and Paul Vida, great men all
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Alan Clay woke up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It was May 30, 2010. He had spent two days on planes to get there.
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Er zou een tijd komen waarin de wereld mensen voortbracht die sterker waren dan zij. [..] Maar tot die tijd zouden er vrouwen en mannen zijn zoals Hanne en Alan, onvolmaakt en zonderde weg naar de volmaaktheid te kennen.
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In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together in the face of the global economy’s gale-force winds. This taut, richly layered, and elegiac novel is a powerful evocation of our contemporary moment — and a moving story of how we got here.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:49 -0400)

"In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter's college tuition, and finally do something great"--Publisher.

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