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The Circle

Average Rating 3.5
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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

A smart reader will get this book, a shallow reader will struggle.

With all the discussions on privacy today, this book makes you squirm. It would be easy to dismiss the complications presented in the disguise of the story line but you would be doing a disservice to the intent of the novel. Every self rightous person thinks they unders...
With all the discussions on privacy today, this book makes you squirm. It would be easy to dismiss the complications presented in the disguise of the story line but you would be doing a disservice to the intent of the novel. Every self rightous person thinks they understand privacy but it is too easy to ignore the complications. Mr.Eggers does not let you glibbly profess to be serious about the meaning of privacy. He keeps throwing fast balls directly at your biases, hitting you often as you scream foul. In fact, one should probably review Kant's discussions and definations of privacy pertaining to people and things. So if you read a review of this book which harps on shallowness of characters, remember the author knows what he is doing, it is a sophticated writing device. I give this book 5 stars because it makes you think , rethink, reposition, and review your view of privacy. A must read, but it is not a book you will walk away from saying you love it. rather you will admit we need it.

posted by 6464601 on December 30, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

I love the concept of this book: technology is wonderful... up t

I love the concept of this book: technology is wonderful... up to a point. But the execution is ham-fisted at best. Everything is on the nose and predictable while at the same time, nothing is truly fleshed out enough to feel like a good story. We don't really get to kn...
I love the concept of this book: technology is wonderful... up to a point. But the execution is ham-fisted at best. Everything is on the nose and predictable while at the same time, nothing is truly fleshed out enough to feel like a good story. We don't really get to know most of the characters and in many instances pivotal moments are skipped over only to be recounted in the past tense. Show don't tell, Mr. Eggers. I really expected more from this book. Again, very interesting concept, definitely thought-provoking. But ultimately disappointing as a novel.

posted by 4891967 on November 4, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    Idea is interesting

    Execution is not. It is lacking complexity and development that makes a novel good. I do not care about any of the characters or feel engaged in the story. I did not finish reading this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2015

    What nonsense

    Really basic writing style, flat characters. The story was promising, but the author butchered it with slooooooow plots.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014

    Horrid

    I feel like the only reason this book got published is because the author owned the publishing company. And to be honest, that was probably the reason.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2014

    This was a horribly written book. The author's style is to inser

    This was a horribly written book. The author's style is to insert a comma where ever he can, making for a very choppy read. The storyline may seem edgy, but it is not innovative. I would not reoommend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    Boring

    Nothing new. Not interesting.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

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    Skimpy on plot. Overly descriptive of overall environment. There were moments I wanted it to be over.

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