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 to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splinterin...

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 Ninive Calegari he cofounded 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center fo...

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

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ISBN - 10:193636574X

ISBN - 13:9781936365746

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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