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The Circle [Paperback]

Dave Eggers
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Book Description

24 April 2014

Fast, thrilling, compulsively addictive - The Circle is Dave Eggers's timely novel about our obsession with the internet.

When Mae is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. Run out of a sprawling California campus, the Circle links users' personal emails, social media, and finances with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of transparency. Mae can't believe her great fortune to work for them - even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public ...

'Tremendous. Inventive, big hearted and very funny. Prepare to be addicted' Daily Mail

'Prescient, important and enjoyable . . . a deft modern synthesis of Swiftian wit with Orwellian prognostication' Guardian

'A gripping and highly unsettling read' Sunday Times

Dave Eggers is the founder and editor of McSweeney's, an independent publishing house based in San Francisco. He is the author of seven previous books, including A Hologram for the King (finalist for the National Book Award 2012), Zeitoun (winner of the American Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize) and What is the What, which was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award and won France's Prix Médicis.


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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (24 April 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 024114650X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241146507
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave Eggers is the author of six previous books, including "Zeitoun," a nonfiction account a Syrian-American immigrant and his extraordinary experience during Hurricane Katrina and "What Is the What," a finalist for the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award. That book, about Valentino Achak Deng, a survivor of the civil war in southern Sudan, gave birth to the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation, run by Mr. Deng and dedicated to building secondary schools in southern Sudan. Eggers is the founder and editor of McSweeney's, an independent publishing house based in San Francisco that produces a quarterly journal, a monthly magazine ("The Believer"), and "Wholphin," a quarterly DVD of short films and documentaries. In 2002, with Nínive Calegari he co-founded 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center for youth in the Mission District of San Francisco. Local communities have since opened sister 826 centers in Chicago, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Ann Arbor, Seattle, and Boston. In 2004, Eggers taught at the University of California-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and there, with Dr. Lola Vollen, he co-founded Voice of Witness, a series of books using oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. A native of Chicago, Eggers graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism. He now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children.

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A stunning work of terrifying plausability ... a worthy and entertaining read (Publisher's Weekly)

Eggers has set his style and pace to technothriller: the writing is brisk, spare and efficient ... it works (Time)

Prescient, important and enjoyable ... a deft modern synthesis of Swiftian wit with Orwellian prognostication' (Guardian)

The Circle is 'Brave New World' for our brave new world ... fast, witty and troubling (Washington Post)

An elegantly told, compulsively readable parable for the 21st Century (Vanity Fair)

Immensley readable and very timely (Metro)

A gripping and highly unsettling read (Sunday Times)

Unputdownable (Times)

Eggers's writing is so fluent, his ventriloquism of tech-world dialect so light, his denouement so enjoyably inevitable (Observer)

Tremendous novel ... inventive, big hearted and very funny. Prepare to be addicted (Daily Mail)

Compelling and deeply contemporary (L.A Times)

Eggers brilliantly depicts the Internet binges, torrents of information and endless loops of feedback that increasingly characterize modern life (Booklist)

About the Author

Dave Eggers is the founder and editor of McSweeney's, an independent publishing house based in San Francisco. He is the author of seven previous books, including A Hologram for the King (finalist for the National Book Award 2012), Zeitoun (winner of the American Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize) and What is the What, which was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award and won France's Prix Médicis.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Realistic 21 Oct 2013
By Jonny
Format:Hardcover
The Circle is one of the most intriguing books I've ever read. Set in the idealistic surroundings of Northern California, the Circle is a company like no other. Think Google meets Facebook meets Twitter. The book's main character, Mae Holland leaves behind a dead-end job in small town America, and finds herself a job at The Circle. What she encounters may as well be light years away from the life she once knew. Mae's life changes beyond recognition.

The description of The Circle's headquarters reminded me a lot of the Google HQ - an idealistic environment where the technology is state of the art, the buildings are beyond belief and the people are almost too friendly. This made the book feel very realistic.

This novel reminded me a lot of 1984. Through the promotion of its social networking tools, The Circle and its founders are on a campaign against all forms privacy. Although their methods seem innocent enough, you feel as though The Circle is on hell bent mission to rule the planet.

The book makes you question how much of your own information is on the Internet. It makes you think about who is watching you and why. It makes you think twice about what you post on Twitter, and the advertisements that show up on your Facebook page after you've purchased an item from Amazon.

The Circle has made me somewhat paranoid, but in a good way. It has also made me think about how technology has had an impact on the personal relationships I have with my family and friends. Although I believe social networks, emails and Skype are wonderful ways of connecting with your loved ones, I realise that the Earth is becoming a smaller and smaller place, and privacy is something Mankind needs to hold on to in this ever changing world.

Buy this book. You won't put it down!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Jl Adcock TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Dave Eggers' organisation The Circle is probably not too far away from many of today's global technology companies in terms of its reach and aspirations. This Orwellian fable for modern times covers themes that many of us will be familiar with - and worried about - and for the most part it's served up in a highly readable, but over-long, novel of almost 500 pages.

The increasing intrusion of social media and technology into human existence is done well in Eggers' tale, and some of the developments outlined here really do make you think. But, as some other reviewers have said, the message is done to death, and at times it feels like it is being laid on with a trowel to get the point over. Yes, Dave, we get it - the Circle has lost the plot and also tells of things to come if we're not careful.

The book contains some excellent, very gripping sections, but at times it also feels too long, and towards the end the themes repeat themselves before building to a rather disappointing conclusion. It's an interesting mix of styles and content, summoning up ideas by Orwell, Huxley, Philip K Dick - and possibly even Iain Banks - and for anyone who enjoys well-written "what if" fiction that makes you think then there is something here to enjoy.

But, it's a long haul journey of a book. A leaner, subtler approach would have packed more punch. Just as you can have too much technology ruling your life, you can have too much crammed into a book. Nevertheless, thought-provoking and occasionally more than a little bit chilling. After reading this you may well be reaching for the privacy settings on your social media profiles with renewed interest and concern.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Frown 21 May 2014
Format:Paperback
A good idea very poorly delivered. As others have pointed out, the message of the book is blindingly obvious and the book could have been edited down to half the length. The scene with the ex-boyfriend on the bridge was laughable, and could have come from a B Movie. Pity, because the premise itself was good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking 30 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book has so much potential and I enjoyed reading it but it only half realises its ideas. There is a delicious irony that when you finish it you are guided to Twitter, Facebook and other websites. For those who don't know the book is a dystopia which explores the ramifications of our social media information obsession so it's a bit strange to be now conforming to The Circle by rating the book on Amazon.

Strengths: the book has a good idea as all good dystopia fiction should and it poses some important questions about what would happen to our notion of truth, privacy and community especially if one company owned Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter and every other social media site and app.

Weaknesses: the main character and the story. Mae is irritating. She's an anti-hero who is just too dumb. Also these stories require conflict - section 1 is all exposition much of which is repeated as if we didn't pick up the mantra about privacy and truth in the first conversation between the same two characters. Then, shockingly and I'll try to avoid spoilers, the most important moment of the book isn't there! Also Eggers just seems to get bored with characters like Annie and Mae's parents.

Had this been edited properly and developed it would have rightfully taken its place beside other great dystopias that have challenged the way we think about society and control. A thought-provoking novel that has certainly affected the way and how often I've used technology today alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Once opened you'll be hooked! Whether you want to be or not...
I couldn't rest until I'd finished this book. I felt like I was in it and part of it. It's a read that definitely hooks you in and you love to begin with, just like 'the circle'... Read more
Published 1 day ago by A Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting but obvious...
Anyone who has worked online will connect with this quickly, it's an interesting thought provoking read, however a little obvious on the plot.
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Published 4 days ago by P. G. Watts
4.0 out of 5 stars highlights the subtle dangers of the digital world
I am a keen social media user and a big fan of the online world - this book however has got me thinking about how as an individual I blindly rely on and even endorse the online... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Luxie82
3.0 out of 5 stars Nearly a modern 1984
It was an enjoyable book, though at times I felt like it wasn't so much trying to project the future as just slightly lazily scraping a few elements of Facebook and Google against... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Noel Rock
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Overly long,
Published 8 days ago by simon j morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommed
A must read- makes you think.
Published 18 days ago by Stinks
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Chilling, realistic but slow...
Published 22 days ago by BookLover
2.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, but execution was not great
Good idea, but execution was not great. Readable but far from the one I expected. All a bit too predictable and samey, and the shark, octopus, seahorse metaphor was frankly... Read more
Published 23 days ago by C Hinchliffe
4.0 out of 5 stars Computers are bad, m'okay.
I knew I was going to like this book; it's by Dave Eggers who wrote one of the most beautiful, funny and moving books I've ever read (A Heart-breaking Work of Staggering Genius),... Read more
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