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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Circle by Dave Eggers

The Circle
by Dave Eggers
Random House
ISBN: 978-0-345-80858-5
Buy from Indigo

Description: 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 America—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.


Random Thoughts
  • Mae starts out as a likeable character but by the end you want to smack her upside the head for being so naive and stupid
  • Fabulous book for discussions about privacy, power and social media
  • Characters feel more like archetypes than fully developed characters and you really feel no connection to them
  • Creeped me out on so many levels
  • To me it felt at times like an explanation on how the world of 1984 came to be
  • Made me think of the lyrics from "Lost Together" by Blue Rodeo "So much controlled by so few Stumbling from one disaster to another"
  • Really makes you think about your social media use and the importance of actually connecting with real people one on one in person
  • Enjoyed the scenes when she was kayaking 
  • Mercer - his commentary is bang on
  • As a parent you can understand the thought that the technology might help you protect your child, but pretty sure the risk to society as a whole, would not be worth it - but damn a chip in the little feckers would make my life easier (and fyi, I am joking)
Memorable Quotes

"Secondly, you just cannot worry about this. These people were practically cavemen. Everyone's cavemen ancestors were assholes."

"It's the usual utopian vision. This time they were saying it'll reduce waste. If stores know their customers want, then they don't overproduce, don't overship, don't have to throw stuff away when it's not bought. I mean, like everything else you guys are pushing, it sounds perfect, sounds progressive, but it carries with it more control, more central tracking of everything we do."

"But I always worried, what if someone was willing to use this power to punish those who challenged them?"

3.5 Dewey's

I recieved this from Random House as part of our insiders program and am in no way required to review or sell - you know I like to share -- now nudge nudge give me a smile not a frown

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