Let's discuss "The Circle" by Dave Eggers

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 America—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.

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  • Carol C.

    I enjoyed the discussion a lot. In case anyone is interested, here is the review of the book by Margaret Atwood, who liked it. She really got into the symbolism: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2013/nov/21/eggers-circle-when-privacy-is-theft/?pagination=false

    2 · February 23, 2014

    • Alaine

      Wow, her review almost makes me like the book.

      February 24, 2014

    • Beth M.

      Alaine, I thought you did like the book. Or do I need to have my hearing checked?

      February 28, 2014

  • Beth M.

    We're going to re-write the book and read our better version in a few months. Fortunately we learned that Dave Eggers has written other books that may be better than this one although a few people thought this one wasn't so bad. The subject matter was interesting, execution leaved something to be desired, but the discussion and group who came to discuss the book were terrific!

    February 25, 2014

  • Andrea F.

    Even though the book was not what I hoped for, the discussion was well worth the read. Thanks, Ladies, for making my Sunday evening so enjoyable! :)

    1 · February 24, 2014

  • Pratyusha

    hi i thought i could come but i am out of town driving in to atlanta and the way traffic is going do not think i will be able to make it in time to come today. So if someone wants please take my place.

    February 23, 2014

    • Andrea F.

      Thanks for letting us know in advance, Pratyusha. Hope to see you again soon!

      February 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Liked the message. Didn't like the lead character or some of the writing techniques (or lack thereof) used to convey the message. The ending seemed forced, as if Eggers ran out of steam. Or hit his page limit. I liked the cautionary tale but I'm already one of the converted, so it was interesting to hear what others (who aren't as wary of technology) had to think.

    1 · February 23, 2014

  • Lisa

    Could I show up and pay the 2.50 there? I've read the book.

    February 23, 2014

    • Beth M.

      Lisa, per the Book Club's web site RSVPs close at 5:00 day of meeting so you have until then to RSVP. I've seen people pay Andrea at the meeting so I think you're good on both. Two spots open as of 4:25 Sunday afternoon. Beth

      February 23, 2014

  • Lisa

    Sorry I can't make it. I did read the book and will be curious to see some of your comments.

    February 19, 2014

    • Andrea F.

      Hope to see you next time!

      February 22, 2014

  • Christina B.

    I can't make it tomorrow. Shannon can go in my place! I hope to see you next month.

    February 22, 2014

    • Andrea F.

      Thanks for letting us know in advance, Christina! Looking forward to meeting you next month :)

      February 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well rats. Wish I could attend but will be out of town. This book is near the top of my to read list.

    January 20, 2014

  • Debbie. B.

    I look forward to reading this book and joining in the discussion.

    1 · December 23, 2013

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