The Circle (Large Print / Hardcover)

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Cultish corporate cultures distort reality and seduce employees into adopting strange new behaviors. Welcome to the Circle, the newest Silicon Valley darling and the world’s most powerful Internet company. 1984 meets The Matrix in this brilliant and chilling social satire by master storyteller and local literary celebrity Dave Eggers. (Praveen)

Description


"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.

About the Author


Dave Eggers is the author of six previous books, including "Zeitoun", winner of the American Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. "What Is the What" was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award and won France's "Prix Medici". Eggers is the founder and editor of "McSweeney's", an independent publishing house based in San Francisco that produces a quarterly journal, a monthly magazine, "The Believer: ", a quarterly DVD of short films and documentaries, "Wholphin", and an oral history series, Voice of Witness. In 2002, with Ninive Calegari he cofounded 862 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center for youth in the Mission District of San Francisco. A native of Chicago, Eggers now lives in Northern California with his wife and two children.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781410466822
ISBN-10: 1410466825
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Publication Date: March 26th, 2014
Pages: 631
Language: English