The Circle

The Circle

A Novel

eBook - 2013
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385351409
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Theatrical Release Date: TBD, 2016

SanAnselmoStaff_Linda Jul 12, 2016

The overarching concept is quite thought-provoking. What is the potential evolution of a society obsessed with social media? This is one chaotic view. The main character, however, falls short of her potential in the story and is not particularly interesting or developed.

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CRRL_MegRaymond Feb 09, 2018

Working for a corporation dedicated to Doing Good has to be great, right? For Mae, it's a dream come true, until it's ... not.

Feb 05, 2018

The book is a fantastic read. It's scary imagining how close we are living to Dave Egger's world; good thing Amazon, Google, Wal-mart, and Facebook are still separate companies... for now anyway. I'm not entirely sold on Mae's character however. Though sweet, there's something very artificial about her.

Dec 02, 2017

No literary masterpiece by any means - but a very credible story in the not-too-distant future (I believe that future may already be here!) about how we are allowing technology to take control of our lives. This one will keep you up nights thinking about that for sure!

Oct 25, 2017

A fascinating book. In spite of a few small flaws in the writing (like some heavy-handed symbolism) it's well written and suspenseful. The story is the natural grandchild of Orwell's 1984, updated for new and different threats to our freedom.

PimaLib_JB Oct 09, 2017

I saw the movie a while ago in theaters, and just got around to reading the book it was based on. Highly recommended! It's got so much more depth than the movie, although it ends on a much bleaker note...

Sep 28, 2017

A great piece of science-fiction patterned after the old masters. Much better written that Fahrenheit 451 or 1984, and much more timely. I imagine the company sounds like Nirvana to many 20-somethings although it sounded like Hell on Earth to me. The subtle brainwashing, the addition to technology, the endorphin rush of instant gratification, the measuring of self-worth based upon how many likes one accumulates during the day and how many re-tweets amassed, are all horrifying to me. I certainly feel this speaks to our society today.

Aug 16, 2017

I hated the book at first. Hated. It. But then I stopped analyzing it as a novel and looked beyond the plotlessness and lack of decent character development and started to read between the lines, see what the author was trying to say. After that, I LOVED it. I talked about it non-stop and still refer to it. It's long and slow for sure, but stick with it, skim where you have to. But read it. It's good and relevant.

If you have trouble understanding it, ask me, and I'll help you analyze and understand it.

Jul 30, 2017

This insightful novel explores the hidden dangers of social media and the powerful private corporations who examine, rank, and classify our public social data. Mae is an ambitious young woman who joins an internet company called The Circle. How much of herself is Mae willing to sacrifice for the goals of The Circle? The writing is simple and not particularly impressive, but the novel's subject matter is both relevant and interesting.

Jul 26, 2017

“The Circle” makes some important points about timely issues such as the end of privacy (already upon us), totalitarianism/monopolies, the power of “groupthink” and delusion, and the weaknesses of governments that are incestuously linked to private corporations. However, I found myself skimming through parts where it got bogged down. On one hand, Eggers’ attention to detail is impressive and extremely conscientious. For instance, he details the Circle’s elaborate system of success metrics (a combination of performance and social media rankings) that eerily parallels today’s times. But he also spent a lot of time describing the mechanics of Mae’s job as a customer service rep, and I’m not sure there was a point to having to digest all those specifics. I think a talented editor could have honed this manuscript down to 300 pages instead of 500, while still making the main points.

Jul 07, 2017

Mae Holland lands a job at prestigious The Circle and as co-worker Brandon is setting up her phone he says...."Okay. Now everything you had on your other phone and on your hard drive is accessible .... but it's also backed up in the cloud and on our servers. Your music, your photos, your messages, your data. It can never be lost. You lose takes exactly 6 minutes to retrieve all your stuff and dump it on the next one. It'll be here next year and next century."
Keeping record and track of individuals is putting it mildly. Besides the need to skim over the less important rambling I felt the author is expressing the not-so-bizarre path our "neediness" can take us.

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