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The Circle by [Eggers, Dave]
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Praise for "The Circle"

"A vivid, roaring dissent to the companies that have coaxed us to disgorge every thought and action onto the Web.... Carries the potential to change how the world views its addicted, compliant thrall to all things digital. If you work in Silicon Valley, or just care about what goes on there, you need to pay attention."
--"The Wall Street Journal "
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"Most of us imagine totalitarianism as something imposed upon us--but what if we're complicit in our own oppression? That's the scenario in Eggers' ambitious, terrifying, and eerily plausible new novel . . . Brave and important and will draw comparisons to "Brave New World" and "1984". Eggers brilliantly depicts the Internet binges, torrents of information, and endless loops of feedback that increasingly characterize modern life. But perhaps most chilling of all is his notion that our ultimate undoing could be something so petty as our desperate desire for affirmation."
--"Booklist" (Starred)

"Game-changing . . . a fast-paced and suspenseful story . . . Eggers has produced "the" fable for our wired times."
--"AARP.org"

"A stunning work of terrifying plausibility, a cautionary tale of subversive power in the digital age suavely packaged as a Silicon Valley social satire. Set in the near future, it examines the inner workings of the Circle, an internet company that is both spiritual and literal successor to Facebook, Google, Twitter and more, as seen through the eyes of Mae Holland, a new hire who starts in customer service . . . Eggers presents a Swiftian scenario so absurd in its logic and compelling in its motives . . . sneaking up on the reader before delivering its warnings of the future, a worthy and entertaining read."
--"Publishers Weekly" (Starred)

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"A vivid, roaring dissent to the companies that have coaxed us to disgorge every thought and action onto the Web . . . Carries the potential to change how the world views its addicted, compliant thrall to all things digital. If you work in Silicon Valley, or just care about what goes on there, you need to pay attention."
--Dennis K. Berman, "The Wall Street Journal
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"Fascinating . . . Eggers appears to run on pure adrenaline, and has as many ideas pouring out of him as the entrepreneurs pitching their inventions in "The Circle" . . . [A] novel of ideas . . . about the social construction and deconstruction of privacy, and about the increasing corporate ownership of privacy, and about the effects such ownership may have on the nature of Western democracy . . . Like Melville's Pequod and Stephen King's Overlook Hotel, the Circle is a combination of physical container, financial system, spiritual state, and dramatis personae, intended to represent America, or at least a powerful segment of it . . . The Circlers' social etiquette is as finely calibrated as anything in Jane Austen . . . Eggers treats his material with admirable inventiveness and gusto . . . the language ripples and morphs . . . It's an entertainment, but a challenging one."
--Margaret Atwood, "The New York Review of Books"
"A parable about the perils of life in a digital age in which our personal data is increasingly collected, sifted and monetized, an age of surveillance and Big Data, in which privacy is obsolete, and Maoist collectivism is the order of the day. Using his fluent prose and instinctive storytelling gifts, Mr. Eggers does a nimble, and sometimes very funny, job of sending up technophiles' naivete, self-interest and misguided idealism. As the artist and computer scientist Jaron Lanier has done in several groundbreaking nonfiction books, Mr. Eggers reminds us how digital utopianism can lead to the datafication of our daily lives, how a be

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Fast, thrilling, compulsively addictive - The Circle is Dave Eggers' 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 Medicis.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1762 KB
  • Print Length: 494 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 7020123252
  • Publisher: Penguin; 01 edition (10 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 024114650X
  • ASIN: B00EODUWQ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 504 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,867 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In this story we see Mae (a call centre assistant) who is a relatively normal white working class kind of young woman in her twenties - living in the US. She is still living with her parents and in the same place she grew up in. She wants to get on (with her career) and is aided in doing so by her Uni friend Annie who works at and for The Circle (equivalent to Google, Facebook etc). However The Circle requires it's employees to achieve high customer & fellow colleagues satisfaction levels as well as to be a social integrator and innovator (for the common good). In return The Circle provides health care (which also extends to relatives such as Mae's father who suffer's from MS) and accommodation, activities, relaxation & party events, clubs and forums for socialisation and generation of new ideas. One of the new ideas being tested is transparency (opening up someone's life to be viewable on screen at anytime except whilst in the bathroom) by having miniature cameras placed on the person with the information accessible to anyone at anytime - forever. Other characters in the book - Mercer (male childhood friend of Mae's) & Mae's parent's are fighting against this intrusion by The Circle into their lives which results in dire consequences for them. Meanwhile Mae who is somewhat vacuous, easily influenced by specious reasoning (e.g. all secrets are lies) and is unable to weigh conflicting ideas against each other and decide which to accept - she often accepts the easier option from The Circle rather than defend her friends and family. Mae's character will be very irritating to many readers but she isn't an untypical person in our own day and age - somewhat lost in her way of who she is and where she wants to go in life and easily lead by clever reasoning that is seriously flawed (e.g.Read more ›
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I don't review books often at all. But it's worth steering unwitting readers in the right direction - unless you want a masterclass in how to disengage your reader. For creative writers, it's the perfect study in crap narrative. There are so many faults with this book. But the biggest crime is/was the media hype and the reviews. I picked it up on the recommendation that it was 'the 1984 for the digital nomad generation'. This is utter rubbish. Comparing Orwell with this Eggers book, it's unfathomable.

- the protagonist is dim, vacuous and painful to listen to
- the 'action' is few and far between; for example, there are pages where the protagonist replies to e-mails
- the foreshadowing is pretty obvious

I recommend reading the 1* review written by Brad on Goodreads. That guy nails it.
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This book excited and terrified me at the same time. It makes you question your social media life and how you interact with others. I loved how Mae became so caught up in this quest for transparency. I loved how she was drawn deeper just into the Circle. This book makes you think about how close we are to this sort of world, where everything is tracked and logged and your emotional state is based on what Facebook and Twitter friends think of you. A great book - it will make you think!
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Great thriller of modern times and fears. Although at times a little overly descriptive this book had me cringing, smiling, worrying, laughing and just keeping on reading. A great version of Orwell for the modern era. We are being watched!
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The story was well thought out, relevant and indeed scary in today's world. My only tiny fault is it read like chick lit, a holiday novel. Maybe it was meant to - Mae's romances read like a will they won't they and its told in a light style. The story line however is dark, dystopian and clever, so the story and the style didn't match for me, it could have been so much darker. But it's worth a read and will make you think next time you post on FB or are asked to rate someone's service and give you some food for thought on today's world.
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The Circle is a "speculative fiction" as Atwood would call it and asks the question: what would happen essentially if the internet was no longer anonymous? Of course there are many other questions asked however this one seems to be key and the answers revealed are pretty terrifying and insidious. The novel smoulders throughout with a sense of brooding claustrophobia.
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The main character is so painfully naive as to be unbelievable, Sex scenes were pointless and seemed shoehorned in. The big twist occurred to me pretty near the beginning. The author seems to think that Leeds and Manchester are the same place. Apart from all that... it's OK.
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The overall concept of this book is brilliant - look critically at the growth and acceleration of the social networks of today coupled with the consumer drive for technology like smartphones, fitness trackers and other home tech. Put them altogether and this book imagines a world where information is king and those who build the quickest virtual bridges win.
A great read and could not put it down.
A terrifying glimpse of our always on future.
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