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  1. says:

    BLAH I m going to need the publishing industry to start putting on warning labels for Modern American Middle Aged Upper Middle Class White Male Pathetic Protagonists, because I am all done with them No crazy bitch ex wives, no weird medical issues that strike at their sense of mortality, no managing to bang poorly hotter younger ladies who are also, of course, crazy even during their downward spiral, no disconnect with their flighty and disappointed children, no random heavy drinking or drug experimentation often with their random younger fun friend they just picked up along the way , no insane money schemes that they mostly ignore for adventure, even though their livelihoods depend on them to save them from foreclosure bankruptcy yadda yadda, no young corporate upstarts tweeting away and rolling their eyes at the old guy, no surreal and emasculating moments when they are humiliated by a bunch of younger and almost always POC men, no crying that Corporate America doesn t love me any, no nice guy complex at all, just no I am alllll done for right now, thanks.


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    A perfectly enjoyable, effortlessly proceeding, airily formatted, short novel It s not really 312 pages, like 250 with lots of extraneous white space between frequently occurring sections A tone so accessible it almost seemed like a YA version of some classic salesmanzy novel teleported to 2010 Saudi Arabia Loved the inclusion of nonfictional bits like about Schwinn s fall and the blast resistant glass for the Freedom Tower made in China Loved the snorkeling frolic and didn t really mind the end won t give away whether the King comes or not Loved the attempt to dramatize the moral complexities related to the current reality of international commerce Loved the sad little story about the wall the main guy built in his hometown Generally though Adam Clay felt fictional to me his issues felt like a limited number of balls tossed in the air and juggled but they never really transformed into birds of paradise and prey I therefore had some trouble believing he wasn t something of a fictional holograph himself, which may have been totally intentional of course The other characters, particularly the other Americans, suffered from Disembodied Proper Noun Syndrome that is, their only physical presence in the novel s world was their name Overall, it s a beautiful product proudly made in the USA in the acknowledgements, every single person who works at the Michigan based printer is listed but I sort of felt like its innards were overcrafted for me, too careful, restricted, self consciously mature, maybe too off handedly newsy a single mention of the concurrent BP spill , luminous thanks to spacious formatting than the brilliance of its bright shining horizon by which I mean its distant ideal narrative destination, beyond the shimmering desert or the expected eventual arrival of the King I liked a lot of it a lot and enjoyed reading it most of the time and of course I ve seen people put out of work by outsourcing and fear at any minute I could be next but I prefer the similarly toned, wrenchingly readable Zeitoun As with the recent non fiction novels, there s something to this that feels like he s doing a good deed maybe And maybe something apparently philanthropically generously motivated doesn t distribute throughout the prose and subsequently the reader s guts the same sort of viral barbaric yawp as something apparently born of aesthetic self indulgence, obsession, greed I ve followed this author for years now but would love for him to take off the gloves and claw the world s eyes out Or at least revisit the kingdom of smart funny inventive metafictional maximalism now that he s older I d love to read an evil Eggers, essentially expressive, adventuresome, unconventional, improvisational, indulgent less intentionally artistically inclusive but maybe that s logistically impossible at this point Anyway, a beautiful hard cover and an ultimately memorable story.


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    This is what I imagine Dave Eggers thought process was like in composing Hologram I want to write another novel Haven t done that in a little while.But I want it to be socially relevant, a commentary like Zeitoun.But it would be so obvious if my protagonist were another clear victim of global catastrophe, like Zeitoun or What is the What.I know I ll make him seem like one of globalization s possible bad guys an American businessman who s helped bring the catastrophe on himself Except he still gets to sit in expensive air conditioned hotel rooms But then I ll weave in brief scenes groups of poorly paid immigrant workers packed into poor living conditions to highlight the greater economic plight of the world Eggers moves to be not obvious seem to me exactly what makes so much of this particular piece, well, obvious Eventually, there was just nothing surprising to me about the book I read the first half with high expectations, definitely enjoying it because yes, it s a well written novel, sentence by sentence, it s true and yes, I think many who were not fans of Heartbreaking will enjoy this instead but still, I wanted of a punch, of the emotional wave that I think he excels at creating Of course, I think many will say that is precisely the book s strength it manages to pull you along despite its complete calm, and the fact that it is essentially a story about waiting But for all those critics who are already flowing with praise about its capturing a moment of history, its status as a socially revealing emotional tale or some such bit, I want to ask what about this story don t we already know Because what Hologram gives us is the story of a man who created the very economic conditions that are now undoing him, but whose concern is mostly for its effects on his personal and family life, who is turning his attention again to another money making venture, while keeping himself at arms length from that venture s possible consequences for others This is the story of a great many American businessmen, of the complete nearsightedness of our financial endeavors, and we should know it already If we don t well, then Eggers newest work definitely has a job to do, and I wish it well.


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    Update This is an old review almost 4 years old If you haven t read this book it s a quick readenjoyable..,You might consider it before seeing the movie which is being released in weeks ahead Tom Hanks. we went to the same High School , is playing the lead in this film adapted from Dave Eggers book Dave Eggers seems to have an excellent understanding of the many problems we face in today s world Yet, instead of forcing facts down our throats he creates a story line the context , in which we can discover and explore our own feelings even formulate possible global and personal solutions Its one BOLD UNIQUE BOOK I would love to join a group discussion with this book Many interesting topics to expand on from this story It hits hard on three levels head, heart, and gut A side note I ve admired Dave Eggers for years I live in the Bay Area , yet I ve never met him I m just a 60 year old fart happily married for 33 years but I ve got a little crush on the guyAND his wife I adore who these people are in the world I thank them both Dave his wife deeply from my heart , for being amazing human beings Their work touches many


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    Back in the early 70s a co worker of mine shipped off to Saudi Arabia to take a job as a construction project manager for the giant company building King Khalid Military City John was supporting three ex wives, and he decided making triple his U.S salary, with no way to spend it and living beyond reach of the telephone, was preferable to his current state A year or so later, he returned for a visit and dropped by the office He showed us pictures of his home in a remote part of the Saudi desert, a sort of cross between an Airstream trailer and a row house of portable toilets, plus his duty station The view from his porthole was breathtaking, but not in a good way You could see the curvature of the earth, and everything between you and it was drab, sandy hard pan.Finally, one guy asked the only possible question about the only feature in the barren landscape, How big is that rock Alan Clay, in Dave Eggers A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING, represents the next generation of contractor, still journeying to the forbidding and unfamiliar country to make fortunes by building prosaically named cities in places where no one in four thousand years had ever lived Development of King Abdullah Economic City KAEC, pronounced cake has been moving at a pace akin to say, an Alaskan golf course retirement community Its unfinished state is both a national joke and an unfulfilled royal promise to allow some Saudi women lives akin to those enjoyed by U.S housewives in the Nixon era.Alan s company, Reliant, is a leading IT services outfit that wants to win the contract to wire the city and provide the latest telecommunications and computing technology Alan, once a hot shot sales guy who became an increasingly ineffective marketing executive and then unemployed consultant, has persuaded the company his remote connection to a peripheral relative of the king will provide the entree it needs to acquire the business As a sales consultant, Alan s fee is contingent on making the sale.His entire team consists of three 20 somethings responsible for staging a dog and pony show involving a holographic communications system They re not interested in the business or the country and can barely be persuaded to move from the large tent where the demonstration is supposed to take place Alan is both their nursemaid and highly superfluous leader.They can barely get a wi fi signal, let alone a firm date to deliver the presentation, so they spend their time on a couch trying to connect their laptops and perhaps hook up with each other.Alan commutes between faraway Jeddah and the nascent city, often oversleeping and missing the shuttle He starts letters he ll never send to the daughter whose college tuition he can t pay He has some tangential encounters with the local and expat cultures without really catching on And he frets about a growth on his neck that may be responsible for his malaise.He has opportunities with willing women but he can t quite bring himself around.In other words, Alan Clay is America in decline Still a representative of the most powerful nation company on earth, capable of amazing technological feats And no wiser about another culture than we have ever been No multinational I worked for would be capable of mounting such a feeble attempt to acquire such a lucrative contract I imagine Eggers, who clearly researched the novel, means Reliant and Alan to be symbols and their focus on the bright and shiny object rather than the actual cost and strategic value of the relationship to represent the road we ve taken by outsourcing our fundamental industries.Eggers is writing about larger themes here, but not in a didactic way The story moves The prose is clear and engaging Alan is a weak character, but not annoyingly so The book would make a good book club selection and probably would be made better by the discussion.I hate to call anything Dave Eggers does a summer read because HOLOGRAM resonates It is also his most accessible book yet.The rocks in HOLOGRAM may not look that big, but they are.


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    UPDATE 10 10 12 NBA finalist Give me a break Hey, Dave Eggers has a new book out and it looks wonderful What s it about Who cares, it s a lovely book to hold.And that s probably the most exceptional thing about the novel McSweeney s has continued to impress me with the effort and care that they put into the packaging and physicalness of their books Maybe the publishing industry should take note of what they re doing and start copying it Now for the story A mid fifties businessman struggling both in work and in life goes to Saudi Arabia for the chance to breath some life into his career and importantly to improve his financial standing But of course there s much to it and the chance for his life to be turned around in a meaningful way Ultimately the story was unsatisfying because it wraps up in the blink of an eye Ending it in that indie film sort of way to keep you wondering what happens next may have been the goal But it doesn t pull it off very effectively and just left me sort of annoyed To be fair, the book was a lovely, easy read with the decent writing many expect from Eggers until page 309 It also offered an interesting glimpse into the kingdom of Saudi Arabia that I hadn t before seen So for these reasons, and the handsomeness of the book, my rating is somewhere between 2.5 and 3 stars.


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    I really disliked this I preordered it from last July after reading glowing reviews in newspapers and magazines Other goodreaders commented that it was another self indulgent exercise in navel gazing by an angry white American male, but I dismissed them as too harsh until I read it Now I m in that camp, too I really admired another novel in this vein called Dear American Airlines, but this one never lived up to the hype I found the plot to be sketchy and the characters underdeveloped Alan, the narrator and protagonist, is a divorced father who is facing bankruptcy and chronic unemployment He is also drowning in self pity and hooch He is hoping that this Saudi deal will save him, but as a character he is unsalvageable I wouldn t want to sit next to him on a plane reading about him for 312 pages is painful enough There are some intelligent insights into the economic forces which have shaped the last 30 years, but that I could get from reading Newsweek This probably should have been a short story view spoiler hide spoiler


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    In the late 60 s my father, who was a pilot, was approached about taking over the Saudi Arabia route, with a not inconsiderable jump in salary, plus other bonuses, paying our mortgage for the period of time we were gone, paying for whatever place we lived in there, or where my parents would have lived My brothers and I would have been sent to various places for school, for me it would have been Switzerland, a boarding school My father proceeded to remind us of the differences in the customs, including attire, and so on At the mention of walking behind my father in public, my mother promptly announced she would do no such thing, and or less stormed out of the room Since then the idea of Saudi Arabia has intrigued me, my father still flew there often enough and I ve seen his photographs of some beautiful places and people there, but it s the people that seem to me, from this very American viewpoint, out of another time So this little book, A Hologram for the King was a little like visiting it for a brief time, in the quirkiest way, through the eyes and mind of Dave Egger s Alan Clay, a wishful dreamer for a return to a way of life that has slipped out of his fingers, and even though he can see, in hindsight, his contribution to the outsourcing of America, he still clings to it the dream, can t really believe that this is what its come to, not in this post 9 11 world While they play a game of sit and wait for the King to arrive, or even Alan s contact, Alan s team of twentyish beings who seem to have left whatever initiative they may have somewhere else Day after day they sit in a large Presentation Tent without air conditioning, without being given food or water, inadequate Wi Fi to work on their presentation, waiting to be told what to do They have no interest in their surroundings outside the tent, hoping that when if they King is to arrive that someone will do something about it Alan sees himself through their eyes, succumbs to that vision for a while, but eventually tries to do something about it For Alan, this is than a job He has a college tuition for his daughter he needs to come up with, a daughter he keeps trying to write letters to which don t make his ex look bad, but offer some solid advice, and maybe some consolation about why her mother is so awful In order to return, be able to face his life back home, Alan needs this sale He desperately needs it, and so he desperately believes it will happen When he s not desperately praying for this to happen, he s worrying about a growth on his neck that he is sure will turn out to be cancer I loved Alan s friendship with his driver that begins the first morning when he sleeps in too late and has missed the shuttle that drove his team to King Abdullah s Economic City I loved the humor, occasionally subtle, in Eggers writing, and the underlying theme throughout.


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    A book that I liked and disliked at times so I m not quite sure yet how to rate Between 3 and 4 Can t really bring it to 4 stars Alan Clay, an ageing business man with money problems, is in Saudi Arabia to present the newest IT technology, including a hologram to the King While struggling with his personal issues, lack of sleep, problems with his daughter, and a growth in his neck that worries him, he and the team wait for the King This is what the author says So I d been thinking about this guy, Alan Clay, who he was and where he was in his life, and then one day I heard about the King Abdullah Economic city, and about American businessmen waiting in the desert for an audience with the king That seems the perfect place for Alan, for a guy who knows he s in trouble but doesn t know how to find his way out So he travels thousands of miles, to a desert, to wait for the approval of a despot I liked that it has a strong parallel to our own economy The American economy has a lot of problems, and for solutions we tend to look everywhere but the mirror Not my usual type of story, but intriguing all the same Also intriguing Tom Hanks I hear that he is playing the part of Alan in a movie of this book I can t quite see him in this part, but then he is a good actor Curious to see the movie and compare it to the book Note just watched the trailer mmmm yeah I think I do want to see this


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    Conscientious moralist and all round Good Egg er Dave Eggers in another era might be literary kryptonite In these times, writers like Eggers who are devoted to giving voice to the voiceless need to be respected in spite of the contemptuous hauteur of educated neurotics like me who delight in turning our schnozes heavenward at this sort of thing Even in the event of prose streamlined to within an inch of its life that wears its Beckett homage like a proud badge stating I M DOING A WAITING FOR GODOT THING HERE Eggers is an American novelist who seems to care about something outwith his navel and funnels his funds into excellent causes I will continue to read this charming man even when his novels reach the apogee of finger wagging let s all be kind together liberalism and cool dude whimsicality as long as this bepermed nicemeister continues to demonstrate exquisite Human Being skills and writes illuminating novels pitched at the exact reading level for the masses to absorb on the off chance some of them might look outwith their navels and give a flying patootie about the rest of the world Dave 4 Prez.


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A Hologram for the King download A Hologram for the King, read online A Hologram for the King, kindle ebook A Hologram for the King, A Hologram for the King c1907ae9bd7a 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