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The Circle : Penguin Essentials - Dave Eggers

The Circle

Penguin Essentials


Published: 26th March 2014
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The Circle runs everything - all your internet activity in one easy, safe and visible place. No wonder it is now the world's most powerful and influential company. So when Mae Holland lands a job at its glittering California campus, she knows, she's made it. But the more her ideals and ambitions become aligned with those of the Circle, the closer she comes to discovering a sinister truth at the heart of an organization seeking to remake the world in its image . . .

About the Author

Dave Eggers is the founder and editor of McSweeney's, an independent publishing house based in San Francisco. He is the author of seven previous books, including A Hologram for the King (finalist for the National Book Award 2012), Zeitoun (winner of the American Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize) and What is the What, which was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award and won France's Prix Medicis.




A very interesting and also scary book. To imagine that things mentioned in the book can be our future or maybe are our present- that really scares me !



Excellent wry take on social media


Great take on social media.

Melbourne, Australia


I couldn't put it down or stop thinking about it


I really enjoyed this book because it made me rethink my activity online, and help me establish some boundaries between my online and offline worlds (and I'm in my early 20s!). When I was going about my day, I couldn't help but think about it. To me, Mae represented the average person, who could be easily persuaded to do what others wanted while thinking it was in her, and everyone else's, best interests. She had human faults, and many times I was cringing because her behaviour clashed with my morals and ideas of privacy. It's obvious that Eggers is taking a swing at current tech and social media giants like Google and Facebook, but that makes it even more enjoyable. I'm studying Public Relations and found the communication between characters, and from The Circle, incredibly engaging (sometimes intent was obvious, other times it was subtle and manipulative). I think younger readers could learn more from the book because they would have grown up with the Internet and social media, and wouldn't really understand what life was like without these platforms. But older readers would still enjoy this, more likely affirming their established opinions. I'm sure the film (The Circle, 2017), will carry the key themes to a broader audience, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and recommend it without hesitation. They've launched a website, like a TruYou simulation (I think), but I'm too afraid to use it.



Dont answer that survey !


As a first time Dave Eggers reader ,I found this book quite entertaining and also made me think about our reliance/addiction to technologies that seem to have taken control of us, instead of the reverse. Sometimes chilling sometimes humorous.



The Circle

4.8 4


A stunning work of terrifying plausability ... a worthy and entertaining read Publisher's Weekly Eggers has set his style and pace to technothriller: the writing is brisk, spare and efficient ... it works Time Prescient, important and enjoyable ... a deft modern synthesis of Swiftian wit with Orwellian prognostication' Guardian The Circle is 'Brave New World' for our brave new world ... fast, witty and troubling Washington Post An elegantly told, compulsively readable parable for the 21st Century Vanity Fair Immensley readable and very timely Metro A gripping and highly unsettling read Sunday Times Unputdownable Times Eggers's writing is so fluent, his ventriloquism of tech-world dialect so light, his denouement so enjoyably inevitable Observer Tremendous novel ... inventive, big hearted and very funny. Prepare to be addicted Daily Mail Compelling and deeply contemporary L.A Times Eggers brilliantly depicts the Internet binges, torrents of information and endless loops of feedback that increasingly characterize modern life Booklist

Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers (born March 12, 1970) is an American writer, editor, and publisher. He is known for the best-selling memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and for his subsequent work as a novelist and screenwriter. He is also the founder of McSweeney's, the co-founder of the literacy project 826 Valencia , and the founder of ScholarMatch , a program that matches donors with students needing funds for college tuition. His works have appeared in several magazines, most notably The New Yorker . His works have received a significant amount of critical acclaim.

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ISBN: 9780241146507
ISBN-10: 024114650X
Series: Penguin Essentials
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 504
Published: 26th March 2014
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1