The Circle (Large Print / Paperback)

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The Circle (Large Print / Paperback)


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The Circle by Dave Eggers is a marvelous book that provides a touchstone,
updated for the modern world, to the concerns of Brave New World, and 1984, but with one very important difference that turns it all on its
head. It is not a totalitarian government that seeks to rule over all
aspects of life, but rather an ideal of complete openness and universal
lack of privacy within complete, untrammeled democracy turned lose on
our own daily lives.

creates sincere, believable characters who pursue their visions with a
conflicted purity of purpose. They consider their devil's advocate
questions: is there a place for secrecy, doesn't everyone benefit from
our "help," but in the light of their rabid idealism they know they will
avoid all possibility of bad things happening. After all, they're the
good guys changing the world for everyone's benefit.  

writing evokes a strong sense of the dream of social progress akin to
the very development of our "Internet Society" as it has pervaded modern
life, that everything is getting better now that we are connected. This
gives the book a fresh and relevant feeling that those older stories
have lost in their clinical nausea or Stalin-esque dread.  A
counterpoint in the story is offered by the curmudgeonly, and
luddite-inclined, who just want to be left alone, private, anonymous.

occasional straw man appears, with an ironic-tongue in skeptical-cheek,
as if to remind us of what we already know about diversity of thought
and the importance of isolation for creativity and for carving out a
self-determined life that might be different from a socially approved
one--no matter how enlightened that social vision might think itself.

imagine the Circle, think of Google-Apple-Yahoo-Microsoft and a hundred
high-tech and lifestyle visions all rolled together into one amazing
on-line panacea-entity. For those who work there the CIrcle combines
work, social life, opportunity, friendship, and validation in a matrix
of measurable satisfaction and reward. For users of the Circle, they are
not just given their Warholian-moment of fame but constant connection
to the celebrities of their world, in an Uber-Twitter manner. 

protagonist, Mae, arrives as an entry level worker taking a customer
service-like position.  As she gains experience and relates to the
matrix of connections in the Circle she achieves significant celebrity
in her own right and enthusiastically embraces the vision of universal
openness, volunteering to make her own life a 24/7/365 example of on
line presence.  We see the effect this has on those around her and the
reader is left to wonder whether she will see and whether she will
choose at the cusp of this new system to unleash a tyranny of democracy
or see the wisdom of the opt-out.

Maybe, just maybe, we might want to consider those same questions. ~Mark L.

— Mark is one of our long-time Highlands Ranch booksellers & a writer in his own right.

The Circle is the exhilarating new novel from Dave Eggers, best-selling 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.

Product Details ISBN: 9781594139611
ISBN-10: 159413961X
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Large Print Press
Publication Date: December 15th, 2015
Language: English