A Hologram for the King: A Novel

A Hologram for the King: A Novel

by Dave Eggers
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A Hologram for the King 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Literarily, this is what you get when you cross *Waiting for Godot* with *Death of a Salesman.* It's a powerful & very discomfiting look at America's present, written for people with short attention spans. I'd recommend it in a heartbeat, but Dave Eggers has done better. And will do better. -- catwak
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed with this book, especially because I so enjoyed other works from Dave Eggers. I kept with it waiting for it to improve, but it seemed like every set up for interest the author chose to instead develop it in the most unremarkable way. Obviously strategically so, though unfortunately I was too bored to find the literary quality in it. I found the main character frustratingly pathetic. Despite my high hopes for the book, I found myself anxious for it to end so I could start another!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Holgram" succeeds on three levels. A brilliant and rollicking portrayel of schizophrenic Saudi society (this reviewer spent the better part of a decade in Jeddah and Riyadh); a passionate lament for the demise of productive America; and a searing depiction of the human condition ("attention must be paid").
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice read and a good bit of satire but leaves much to be desired.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What was this story about? A rambling, disconnected presentation of a character with a rambling, disconnected life. At the end, the reader is left asking whaaat?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book dragged with no point, was excited to try this book because The Circle was so good but was left disappointed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, but the tone of defeat for the main character through nearly the whole book, Alan's detours, the long shadows of his ex wife & daughter we never meet, and the ephemeral quality of many of the characters make it a little hard to get through.
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Turlepin More than 1 year ago
Eggers does a brilliant job of parsing out the dizzying frustrations Westerners have in the region when expecting rationality, cause and effect, planning or any consideration of people's time. I found Alan's plight very fairly characterized and could easily relate to it. The romantic entanglement felt very manufactured though, and highly unlikely -- at least as it was portrayed in the novel. On the whole, the novel is definitely worth reading -- and is a useful primer for anybody considering work in the region.
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I read "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" when it came out and was enthralled with it. The writing style, the emotions he brought out, all of it. So, I was expecting and hoping to enjoy this book just as much - didn't happen. I'm sure its a mark of talent that an author can write two books in such completely different voices - and just unfortunate I guess, that I didn't care for this voice at all. This was the kind of book you make yourself continue to read because knowing the author, you feel certain it will be worthwhile. I held on to that hope right up to the last chapter when I knew finally that my hopes were in vain! Too, too dry, not an interesting enough story to hold interest. Seems as if the author was trying too hard to be"subtle" and self-important. Just did not come across for me...but the same thing happened with Jeffrey Eugenides' book "The Marriage Plot" which I purchased (& made myself painfully finish), strictly on the strengh of the fact that "Middlesex" is one of my all time favorite books, as is "A Heartbreaking Work...".
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juliusa More than 1 year ago
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.
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