A Hologram For The King

Paperback | June 4, 2013

byDave Eggers

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A National Book Award Finalist, a New York Times bestseller and one of the most highly-acclaimed books of the year, A Hologram for the King is a sprawling novel about the decline of American industry from one of the most important, socially-aware novelists of our time. 
 
In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman named Alan Clay 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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A National Book Award Finalist, a New York Times bestseller and one of the most highly-acclaimed books of the year, A Hologram for the King is a sprawling novel about the decline of American industry from one of the most important, socially-aware novelists of our time.   In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred...

Dave Eggers is the bestselling author of Zeitoun, winner of the American Book Award and Dayton Literary Peace Prize. His novel What Is the What was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won France's Prix Medici.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.1 × 0.72 inPublished:June 4, 2013Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345807596

ISBN - 13:9780345807595

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A gentler novel than What is the What? But no less dense and thought provoking. What a sad, downer of a hero Alan is. Great non linear narrative, which seems to be a theme this summer.
Date published: 2013-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beacon in a Troubled World [Following is an excerpt of my review of Dave Eggers' A Hologram for the King. To read the full review, visit rabble.ca and click on the Books tab. To read my review of Zeitoun, search for that book on the Chapters-Indigo website.] Following his blockbuster memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and two well-received works of short fiction, the scope of Dave Eggers' work widened to embrace the world. What is the What, his 2006 masterpiece, was based on the life of Sudanese civil war refugee Valentino Achak Deng, one of the 'Lost Boys' who fled to the U.S. It was followed by Zeitoun, his 2009 non-fiction work of a Syrian-American owner of a painting and contracting company who chooses to ride out the storm of hurricane Katrina. Eggers has written prolifically and in a variety of genres, including screenplays and a retelling of the Maurice Sendak children's classic Where the Wild Things Are. Although he carries the tag 'American' author, his work has a worldly wisdom and maturity and his writing style has moved from brash, youthful experimentation to a spare, Hemingwayesque kind of perfection. A Hologram for the King offers some faint hope for the main character Alan Clay's future and perhaps our own. Eggers' humanity as a writer shines through works like A Hologram For The King and as a beacon in a very real world of turmoil and troubles.
Date published: 2013-03-01

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER  A New York Times Book Review Best BookA New Zealand Listener Best BookA New York Times Notable BookA Globe and Mail Best BookA Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Fiction BookAn Indigo Best Book An Amazon.ca Best Book An Amazon.com Best Book A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice  Finalist 2012 – National Book Award LONGLISTED 2014 – International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award"A comic but deeply affecting tale about one man's travails that also provides a bright, digital snapshot of our times." —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times "An extraordinary work of timely and provocative themes, including the decline of American manufacturing, the sufferings of the middle class and the collapse of the global economy.... A writer of the highest order.... A Hologram for the King is an outstanding achievement in Eggers's already impressive career, and an essential read."—San Francisco Chronicle