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A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers

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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An interesting story, both comic and sad, but as far as provocative social commentary goes, I prefer Eggers's The Circle. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
This book starts out promisingly, but at the climax and beyond, the plot falls apart and looses all intrigue. ( )
  tpollack | Jan 11, 2015 |
Dave Eggers has been a mixed bag for me. His first book was unreadable for me, but What is the What was, I thought, a wonderful book. I have, but haven't read Zeitoun yet. This novel didn't knock me out, but I did feel that the author caught the essence of the way we can feel so lost, so unfulfilled--the way one person can watch himself doing everything wrong. So, I identified with the main character and I was interested by the setting of Saudi Arabia. I have no grounds to judge, but I thought his rendering of the setting was persuasive--chilling, absurdist, and grand--in the sense of having grandeur, as befits perhaps a kingdom. I'm glad I read the book. ( )
  jdukuray | Dec 31, 2014 |
I was initially intrigued by the set up of this book, a sales pitch to be made to the King of Saudi Arabia by the aging representative of the firm offering IT to a new city to be built in the country, but eventually became bored by the waiting game: for me it was a bit like Waiting for Godot without the element of the absurd to redeem it. ( )
  twitham | Aug 9, 2014 |
"Death of a Salesman" lite set in Saudi Arabia. I would have thrown this book across the room, but it was so excruciatingly dull I couldn't muster the effort. ( )
  HenryKrinkle | Jul 23, 2014 |
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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.
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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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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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.

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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"--Publisher.

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