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A Hologram for the King: A Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Hilariously spot-on to the contradictions of life in the Kingdom

Having spent time just down the road from KAEC on my own surreal Saudi business experience, I frequently burst out laughing while reading this book. Yes, it is really like that in Saudi Arabia. A country of surprising people and crazy funny contradictions. Alan Clay's s...
Having spent time just down the road from KAEC on my own surreal Saudi business experience, I frequently burst out laughing while reading this book. Yes, it is really like that in Saudi Arabia. A country of surprising people and crazy funny contradictions. Alan Clay's story adds a hefty sadness to the humor as real relationships develop. Dave Eggers is brilliant.

posted by MJPost on August 24, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

While the book presentation is handsome and original; I had a di

While the book presentation is handsome and original; I had a difficult time getting past the writing style. Conversations are marked with dashes which I found distracting. The narrative is solid and at times compelling. I didn't care about the main character Alan be...
While the book presentation is handsome and original; I had a difficult time getting past the writing style. Conversations are marked with dashes which I found distracting. The narrative is solid and at times compelling. I didn't care about the main character Alan because I'm not given much of a reason to care. He's an IT businessman hoping for a very substantial deal with a Saudi King to help him get out of debt. Needed more depth earlier to hold my interest.

posted by L.A.Carlson-writer on July 12, 2012

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  • Posted August 6, 2012

    I had high hopes for this book, and felt very few of those hopes

    I had high hopes for this book, and felt very few of those hopes were met. The idea is right for the times, the execution though was sloppy, hurried, and rang false. I guess someone who is not really going through the problems others are facing can truly identify, and Mr. Eggers ma yhave been out of his element here. It came off as stereotyped, phony, and hurried. Too many issues lumped together, and not real in any case. The main characer Alan was not even someone I could admire. Having been through what he experienced after 9/11, his reactions and motives were off. The one star is for effort, but in this case someone should have told Mr. Eggers to move on to another topic he knows better.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    a no-nonsense book

    a no-nonsense book

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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