A Hologram for the King

Hardcover | June 19, 2012

byDave Eggers

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A new novel from bestselling author Dave Eggers.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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A new novel from bestselling author Dave Eggers.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 ...

Dave Eggers is the bestselling author of seven books including A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award; Zeitoun, winner of the American Book Award and Dayton Literary Peace Prize; and What Is the What, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won France's Prix Medici. In 2002, with Ni...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 8.5 × 6 × 1.11 inPublished:June 19, 2012Publisher:McSweeney'sLanguage:English

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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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A National Book Award Finalist, A Northern California Book Award FinalistOne of the New York Times Book Review's "Top Ten Books of 2012"?Mr. Eggers uses a new, pared down, Hemingwayesque voice to recount his story? he demonstrates in Hologram that he is master of this more old-fashioned approach as much as he was a pioneering innovator with A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius? .[This] sad-funny-dreamlike story unfolds to become an allegory about the frustrations of middle-class America, about the woes unemployed workers and sidelined entrepreneurs have experienced in a newly globalized world in which jobs are being outsourced abroad? . 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"A spare but moving elegy for the American century.??Publishers Weekly"Eggers can do fiction as well as he likes.??Carolyn Kellogg, The Los Angeles Times?A potent, well-drawn portrait of one man?s discovery of where his personal and professional selves split and connect.??Kirkus Reviews?An extraordinary work of timely and provocative themes? This novel reminds us that above all, Eggers is a writer of books, and a writer of the highest order?.An outstanding achievement in Eggers's already impressive career, and an essential read.??Carmela Ciuraru, The San Francisco Chronicle ?Eggers understands the pressures of American downward-mobility, and in the protagonist of his novel, Alan Clay, has created an Everyman, a post-modern Willy Loman?.The novel operates on a grand and global scale, but it also is intimate.??Elizabeth Taylor, The Chicago Tribune?Fascinating? Although Godot may be Hologram's philosophical source, Eggers is no Beckettian minimalist. The novel is paradoxically suspenseful, but it's also rich in character and in Eggers's evocative writing about place?A Hologram for the King, as far from home as it might seem, is an acute slice of American life.??Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times"Dave Eggers is a prince among men when it comes to writing deeply felt, socially conscious books that meld reportage with fiction. While A Hologram for the King is fiction? it?s a strike against the current state of global economic injustice."?Elissa Schappell,Vanity Fair?Completely engrossing.??Daniel Roberts, Fortune?A heartbreaking character study.??Nick DiMartino, Shelf Awareness?Deft and darkly comic?Beautifully enlivened by oddball encounters and oddball characters, by stranger-in-a-strange-land episodes.??Steven Rea, The Philadelphia Inquirer?Eggers? spare prose is a pleasure, and A Hologram for the King proves to be a deft blend of surreal adventure, absurd comedy and pointed observations.??Georgia Rowe, San Jose Mercury News?As the kingless days pass, Alan ventures from the tent and hotel into the rich, unsettling realities of the Kingdom, and Eggers ventures deeper into Alan, as well as into the question that has seemingly guided Eggers? work for years: What does it mean to be an American in a world that has places like the Sudan, Saudi Arabia, or post-Katrina New Orleans???Alan Scherstuhl, San Francisco Weekly?[Hologram] has at its center a sort of moral vision quest? Alan?s plight is endearing in its universality, even while being singularly his.??Jonathan Messinger, Time Out Chicago"Eggers has given us a work of fiction that works as a perfect commentary on this American decade.??Jason Diamond, Vol.1 Brooklyn?The power of this thing sneaks up on you?While Alan cools his heels, he bonds with memorably drawn locals; has some adventures that illuminate the tragicomedy that is globalism; and gets us meditating on what appears to be the theme?: How can we all get over ourselves long enough to really, truly notice other people?? ? Jeff Giles, Entertainment Weekly?Eerie, suspenseful and tightly led? Exciting stuff.??Cynthia Macdonald, The Globe and Mail?Alan feels like Eggers?s most fully-realized character to date ? A sad and beautiful story.??John Freeman, The Boston Globe?[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.??Pico Iyer, The New York Times Book Review"Hits you with prose as stark and luminous as its Saudi Arabian setting?It should confirm Eggers's position among America's leading contemporary writers."?Independent