In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together in the face of the global economy’s gale-force winds.
This taut, richly layered, and elegiac novel is a powerful evocation of our contemporary moment - and a moving story of how we got here.
©2012 Dave Eggers (P)2012 Recorded Books
Probably not. Not much to keep you engaged.
Visit to the mountain village.
It is and I won't.
Just couldn't get into it.
I was intrigued to hear about a foreigners perspective of my culture. I also didn't expect it to be so short so it surprised me when it ended. I really wanted to know more about happened to Alan and if he ever got what he wanted and what he hoped for.
Not a bad way to pass the time but this mid-life crisis was particularly compelling.
Eggers delivers once again. Not as funny as his previous works. This story shows an older, more mature side of Eggers, provoking great questions and ideas. A really lovely piece of work. The main character still occasionally haunts my thoughts.
What are we working for?
What are we achieving?
Is it all for naught?
Relationships matter. Little else does.
Everything else is just a hologram. Here one minute, so real as if you can reach out and touch it. Just another of life's near misses the next minute.
Love Eggars. Not my favorite of his works though.
I think I get it, just wasn't that into it.
I love Dave Eggars, but this book disappointed me. The main character is a sad, unfeeling middle-aged guy, who seems to relate to people inwardly but can't make connections. His work is essentially empty and meaningless, his personal and financial life is in a shambles, and he seems to fail at just about everything. So he finds himself, appropriately enough, in the middle of a desert, where nothing really ever happens. He gets momentarily exhilarated by things like strong liquor and guns, and has brief sensations of being alive when he looks at the sea or a woman's breasts, but it never goes anywhere from there. His only real lifeline seems to be to his daughter, whom he has let down. So all in all, the book is a downer. The narrator is very good, although he reads almost every sentence with the same inflection.
I ordered this one on a whim, after seeing the movie preview.
I like Tom Hanks, and the story looked interesting at a glance.
Overall, the story is somewhat engaging. I spent a few chapters imagining what life in the middle east might be like and reflecting on what my life my be like when I'm an older man - like the main character of the book.
But I gave up by the middle of the (audio)book. The story plays out too slowly, is too depressing, and too sexually explicit.
It's not at all my cup of tea.
A slow and somewhat painful story of a depressed man who clings to the tiniest shred of hope to pull himself out of the mess he believes he has made of his life. He is tortured by his many perceived failures as a son, husband and father. He frequently ruminates on the banality of his existence. He pulls at any threads he believes might change his plight, but it continues to unravel...
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