The Circle (Hardcover)

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Eggers has created a
thoughtful--and at times darkly humorous--idea novel that aspires to
challenge the all-encompassing corporate rule of the present day, in the
way that Orwell confronted the authoritarian state of the previous
century.The Circle is an amalgamation
of several recognizable tech/marketing/social media companies, which is
led by corporation's "3 Wise Men," seemingly benevolent Big Brothers
whose twisted Utopian mission involves making everyone's actions
transparent to all. Young Circle hire Mae Holland
is ecstatic to join the powerful company and she gradually gives up her
own identity in a progressive series of Pavlovian work assignments and
lifestyle compromises. Mae leans in eagerly to the slick, soft embrace
of The Circle, a totalitarian world where
those who acquiesce receive material benefits to drape over their
hollow, media-addicted lives--but all are subject to a nightmare of
surveillance, attacks on privacy, and assaults on human dignity. But,
Mae? She wins the victory over herself. Like Winston
in 1984, she loved The Circle.

— Will


LONGLISTED 2015 - International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

The Circle is the exhilarating new novel from Dave Eggers, bestselling author of A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award.

When Mae Holland 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. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can't believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world--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. What begins as the captivating story of one woman's ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

About the Author

Dave Eggers grew up near Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the founder of McSweeney's, an independent publishing house in San Francisco that produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern), and a monthly magazine, The Believer. McSweeney's publishes Voice of Witness, a nonprofit book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. In 2002, he cofounded 826 Valencia, a nonprofit youth writing and tutoring center in San Francisco's Mission District. Sister centers have since opened in seven other American cities under the umbrella of 826 National, and like-minded centers have opened in Dublin, London, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Birmingham, Alabama, among other locations. His work has been nominated for the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and has won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, France's Prix Medicis, Germany's Albatross Prize, the National Magazine Award, and the American Book Award. Eggers lives in Northern California with his family.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780345808585
ISBN-10: 0345808584
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Publication Date: October 8th, 2013
Pages: 504
Language: English