Say something about yourself!
"The Circle" is quite a topical novel for anyone who lives in the 21st century, which is probably most of us. It studies our society's hunger for permanence and self-validation in an age where the value of privacy seems merely quaint. What does it mean to lose one's self in the sea of public information? Dave Eggers wants to show us.
The serious topic of "The Circle" does not mean it is a dry read (or listen). On the contrary, it reads like a thriller -- or a horror story -- in disguise. And while the novel is one-sided in its analysis, that doesn't to me take away from its value of surveying the topic. And while, I don't think I'll cancel all my social media accounts as some I have read have done, it does make me pause before I post and ask myself ... why?
If nothing else, pick up this book for when the topic of privacy and the Internet comes up at your next office party -- unless your office parties are much more fun than mine.
The insights into the purposes and harm being caused by the big internet companies (Google, Facebook, etc) are nothing short of profound and are very moving.
The author's insights into how big companies work also remind me of the book "The Organization Man" from the 1950s, and his fiction-based warnings of where we're so rapidly heading are both shocking and very well-written.
As someone who worked in R&D for a major multi-national company for his whole career, I found this books' insights to be very compelling and nearly overwhelming in both their accuracy and depth. Google is different from other companies, but not *that* different.
Mae Holland, the central character, is very convincing and illustrates how a big company can take a new employee and remake him/her in their own image. This process is similar in many respects to my own development working for my corporate employer - I retired a few years ago after a successful career.
The narration was very effective in developing a better understanding of the book's content, much more so than a traditional text-based book format.
SECRETS ARE LIES
SHARING IS CARING
PRIVACY IS THEFT
I can't recommend this book highly enough - it is must reading for everyone in these rapidly changing times. But where do we go from here, and how would we get there? It may already be too late to change direction.
Amazing!! Cant recommend enough. The book changed my dreams for technological dominance for the better
It is ingenious.
When she spontaneously took the canoe and went out on the water alone. It was like a final farewell to being a free spirit. She was slowly being sucked dry of every last drop of free will, but she did not know it, not consciously at least.. It was like her one last fling with simple joy, and wonder, before she surrendered....there was this moment of quiet protest from that part of her that was dying.
This is no where near a 5 star book. The 4 star rating is generous. The author is very clever and insightful, even ingenious, just not a great writer. Still this is a must read book. I saw myself and all of us reflected in a magnifying mirror. There were imagines that annoyed me, horrified me, and made me laugh at myself. The book made deep impressions on my psyche. It has become a reference point. My mind refers back to The Circle over and over. Ignore the bad writing. Grit your teeth and jump into it, and keep swimming. You'll see why. We are all Ana.
The book starts off slow and somewhat offputting. But then it begins to build. And then you realize it's like a lobster in a pot of cold water it's begun to boil... Fascinating ideas taken into- sadly- logical extremes and incredible analogies. Well worth reading.
There have been books that I enjoyed more... but not many that were as though-provoking and none so far that have inspired me to action. As a result of this book, I have decided to learn as much as I can about the right to privacy - and to make this one of my legal specialties. People think that if they have nothing to hide, then they have nothing to fear from sharing all of their information. Well that is simply no so - and that is what I want to write about in my legal blog.
I can't really say, without spoiling this book for others - but let me just say that there is a scene in which May's parents right to privacy is sacrified in the most cruel way, and dealt with by May, the protagonist, so briefly, that you suddenly realize that she has lost her basic sense of right and wrong, empathy, and all the qualities that make one human.
It kept me listening even when the book became a little long and predictable.
This is what could happen, if corporate America takes over.... and sadly we are closer than ever.
I was disppointed with the ending - but I guess I had no right to be, as it is probably as realistic an ending as can be expected.
The reason I gave this book 4 (and not 5) is because I found it a bit long and repetitive.
wish it could have been narrated by more than one person. one person for each character would have made the story more clear.
I bought the audio book after the nyt article on Amazon. The story was above average. But the voice performance by Dion Grahm was excellent. Not over the top like some when they shift between accents and tones trying too hard to have the cast's voices to be noticeably different but taking away from the listening experience. But he hit all the voice changes fluidly. Even more impressive was his pace and inflection perfectly meshed with the author's intentions I can only assume.
Not a life changing story but a good story with a great performance. Not a regrettable purchase
Great story. The dialogue helps you understand the unique philosophy driving the plot.
Eggers clearly has some way of seeing the future because so much of The Circle has come to fruition with recent announcements about Google (the Alphabet) and Amazon's "severe" culture.
Definitely a must-read. A cautionary tale for all us to consider before it's too late.
I really enjoyed this book and had high hopes as I do in real life for some ideas or solution of how we fix what we have done. I guess this or just to make us think and have awareness and remember to live a real life....excellent story.