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The Circle by Dave Eggers
  

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A dystopian view of our very near future, Eggers uses his novel to make some clear and prescient points about how we live now. This really is a Marmite book – if you’re not already on a similar wave-length to Eggers you’re unlikely to enjoy it but if you’re fascinated about the ifs and maybes of tech, digital, social, connectivity, privacy and the like then you’ll find it engrossing if not a little chilling.

If you like Dave Eggers you might also like to read books by Geoff Nicholson, John Irving and Carl Hiaasen.

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Synopsis

The Circle by Dave Eggers

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.

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.

Reviews

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

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 Medicis.

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Publication date

26th March 2014

Author

Dave Eggers

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Author's Website

www.mcsweeneys.net/

Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
512 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780241146507

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