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 :, Alfred A. Knopf ;, San Francisco :, McSweeney's Books,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385351409
0385351402
Characteristics: 1 online resource (491 pages)
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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boehmography
Aug 10, 2018

I was surprised by how much I disliked this book considering the premise was really interesting! The main character just wasn't likeable and I found it hard to understand how two different men would instantly fall for her to their own detriment. It's also very obvious that the author has a negative view of the modern world and has decided that, by extension, the future could only be much worse. I'm hoping the movie is better.

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KatG1983
Jun 04, 2018

As a person who works in Privacy policy and compliance, this book is pretty much my waking nightmare (and should be yours, too). Any world that declares 'Privacy is Theft' is not one you should want to be a part of! However, I do applaud the book for allowing the reader to imagine why this declaration may seem attractive. I don't feel like the characters in this book are as well fleshed out as they could have been, and I don't think the author is particularly adept at writing from a female character perspective. However the unraveling of the story itself is fascinating. A movie version was released a few years ago, starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks. I actually preferred some of the choices made in the movie as opposed to the book.

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tjdickey
Apr 07, 2018

Imagine a world where a giant social media company is using its progressive ethos to try to change the world. It claims to know you better than you do yourself (just like Facebook and Google already claim), and works forward from a motto "Everything that happens must be known" (echoes of a motto OCLC already uses). Pretty soon we have fleets of cameras throughout the known world (nobly to solve crime, of course), and mass digitization of all texts, and social media owning all electronic currency for all purchases, and running elections in all democracies, and even apprehending fugitives, and making it illegal to opt out of sharing on social media because all "SECRETS ARE LIES," and any personal "PRIVACY IS THEFT."
Does this all-too-possible vision scare you? It should...

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.

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BrandonBlanchard
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.

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mnack_0
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!

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mamabadger56
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...

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LauraSteinert
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.

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adyglesias1
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.

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