The Circle

Dave Eggers delights again with his newest novel, The Circle. His prose engulfs readers in an eerily familiar world of social and political advancement, somewhat reminiscent of the classic 1984. Readers will wonder what it truly means to be anonymous, and deliberate whether it is a concept more archaic than essential. At the heart of the novel is The Circle's omniscience and its proclamation that "secrets are lies."

Mae Holland, a young college graduate, is stuck in a dead-end career with no hope of leaving her provincial town, when former roommate and business legend Annie offers her a job at The Circle, a company known for its technological advancement and innovation. Although Mae impresses many with her work ethic, her lack of social media presence causes concern in her superiors. The main goal of The Circle, after all, is to connect people of the world in order to achieve infinite knowledge, and ultimately, enlightenment for humankind.

Eggers is best known for his biography, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. He has received multiple awards including Time Best Book of the Year. Eggers also has local acclaim as he is a founder of 826 National, related to Ann Arbor's 826 Michigan.


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I loved "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius," and I completely admire him for his work with the 826 chapters across the country. He's a really swell human.

I liked Circle, but thought both Zeitoun and What is the What were better. I'm a big Eggers fan and AHWOSG is still my favorite. :)

Zeitoun! I loved Zeitoun. That's my fave thus far.

Yeah, I think I either missed something or he phoned this one in. I couldn't finish it. Emotional desert? A fable?

That said, I'm a BIG Eggers fan, especially in audiobook. Besides Staggering, Zeitoun, What is the What, don't overlook Wild Things. His interpretation in novel form of a picture book (and movie) is pure genius and a lot of fun. (Again, audiobook! Sit back and listen.)

I did not expect to enjoy "The Circle" but had to read it for my book club. I ended up blowing through it ~ really enjoyed it. Plus it made for an excellent discussion.