The Circle

The Circle 1

by Dave Eggers

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 26/03/2014

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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

ISBN:
9780241146507
9780241146507
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
26-03-2014
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Books Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
512
Dimensions (mm):
198x129x28mm
Weight:
0.4kg
Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers was born in Boston in 1970. He is the author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, You Shall Know Our Velocity, The Unforbidden is Compulsory, How We Are Hungry, Short Short Stories, Teachers Have It Easy, Surviving Justice, What is the What, How the Water Feels to the Fishes, The Wild Things, Zeitoun, A Hologram for the King, The Circle and Your Fathers, Where Are They? And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

A Hologram for the King and The Circle are both currently in production for major film adaptations. Dave Eggers is the founder of McSweeney's independent publishing house, the 826 National network, and the nonprofit organisation ScholarMatch. He lives in Northern California with his family and Heroes of the Frontier is his seventh novel.

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  • A chilling critique

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    I read this when it came out a few years back and I'm excited to see the new Tom Hanks film adaptation.

    Eggers writes from the perspective of young, independent Mae who enters Silicon Valley's omnipotent new super-corporation, The Circle. You never get an intimate look at anything or anyone in this fast-changing narrative in spite of the characters constantly broadcasting and sharing themselves. I believe Eggers engineers this sterility on purpose to create a slight unease in the reader as things quickly go wrong in this techtopia. Poignant commentary is combined with a classic sense of drama in this book. I couldn't put it down in the end.

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