The Circle

The Circle Fast thrilling compulsively addictive The Circle is Dave Eggers s timely novel about our obsession with the internet now available as a Penguin Essential for the first time When Mae is hired to wor

  • Title: The Circle
  • Author: Dave Eggers
  • ISBN: 9780241981221
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fast, thrilling, compulsively addictive The Circle is Dave Eggers s timely novel about our obsession with the internet, now available as a Penguin Essential for the first time.When Mae 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 Run out of a sprawling California campus, the CircleFast, thrilling, compulsively addictive The Circle is Dave Eggers s timely novel about our obsession with the internet, now available as a Penguin Essential for the first time.When Mae 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 Run out of a sprawling California campus, the Circle links users personal emails, social media, and finances with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of transparency Mae can t believe her great fortune to work for them 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 Tremendous Inventive, big hearted and very funny Prepare to be addicted Daily Mail Prescient, important and enjoyable a deft modern synthesis of Swiftian wit with Orwellian prognostication Guardian A gripping and highly unsettling read Sunday Times

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    1. A 491 page soap box. Here's what's wrong with it, in no particular order:(1) Not offering anything new to the conversation. I imagine I will not be the only fan of dystopian literature who will be bored and feel this is retreading old territory already covered in books written long before the age of the internet. As a human being living in a first world country, the comparisons one can draw between real-life companies and the Circle are second nature: Facebook's ever-changing privacy policies, t [...]

    2. A Review of Dave Eggers' The Circle by GoogleTransparency isSurveillance isSociety isKayaking isCults areEverything in moderation, includingCynicism isCan IOn a more serious note, yes, this is The Fountainhead for Big Data. If Sonny Mehta had called up Dave Eggers and offered him 100,000 shares of Facebook to write a The Fountainhead for Big Data it couldn't have turned out much differently from this book. The Circle is as manipulative, intellectually bankrupt, and cardboard character-filled as [...]

    3. Liking this review will send a zing direct to Dave Eggers, who will enter the names of all those who liked at once into the McSweeney’s Assimilation Programme (MAP), an underground writing movement devoted to the extinction of all non-clear-cut, accessible, socially conscious, lyrical and harmlessly amusing prose. Eggers will also have access to your Facebook profiles and email addresses, and will friend you as JONAS BENZINE, a plucky Mexican stripper interested in your wit and bank account. J [...]

    4. I really wanted to like this. The idea of a dystopian novel centered around the perils of the Internet (or the company/companies that control it) is a really appealing and relevant theme. There are parts of the book—the main character’s addiction to crowd-sourcing or sharing minute details about what’s happening around her—that absolutely feel like 50 Shades of Creepy. The big problem with The Circle is that the main character is completely flat. I didn’t understand her, her connection [...]

    5. Not long ago, one of the founders of posted this on the site's blog:Picture it: You're curled up on the couch, lost in a fantastic story on your new Kindle Paperwhite, when you come across the most amazing passage. It sends shivers down your spine or it makes you laugh or it captures something important to you. And you can't wait to see if your friends feel the same way. Now there's no need to put down your new Kindle Paperwhite to jump on and share it with your friends Starting today, is ins [...]

    6. Unfortunately, despite an intriguing premise and my high hopes, I feel obliged to give THE CIRCLE more frowns than smiles. In Mae's extreme/bizarre opinion, my "dislike" may as well equate to murder, or hatred at least. Really it's just disappointment. "Smiles":--The ending. Mae (view spoiler)[choosing the Circle over Ty (hide spoiler)] was the perfect outcome. Any sort of (view spoiler)['happy ending' (hide spoiler)] would have lost the book entirely to lameness. --The exploration of an interes [...]

    7. Noooooooooo! No! No! This book is creepy as hell! People in the world watching your every move! They can suck it. The only social media I do is and google. This book makes you want to run away from even that! I still have a Facebook account but don't go there because I despise it. I don't do stupid twitter or Snapchat. Haven't done Instagram and not sure if I ever will. I should just go off the grid like the lovely Charlie Hunnam 😊💕Anyway, whatever. I wouldn't doubt they are already putti [...]

    8. Imagine a character named Mark Holland. He's easily manipulated, does anything anyone tells him, is constantly worried how others see him, constantly thinks he's going to be fired even though he meets the company's expectations, and when he gets 97% approval rating he becomes convinced that the 3% expressing disapproval obviously want him dead and are plotting to murder him. He listens to people spout off distorted, uncomfortable bullshit, takes it all in, and says with wide-eyed wonder "You are [...]

    9. Realistically, The Circle probably deserves just four out of five stars - the writing is simple and the characters don't have much depth. In any other book, shortcomings like these would definitely play a much bigger role in the rating. But despite these issues, for me The Circle was an extremely exciting and interesting story to read.There's been plenty of conversation and scrutinizing of Dave Eggers and his approach to the story. Plenty has been said about how he neglected to do any research a [...]

    10. Update: The movie opens April 28th- in my area - with Tom Hanks. Regardless - what people rated this book ---1 star or 5 star. It makes for an engaging discussion. Yesterday Paul and I saw the movie trailer just BEFORE watching the YouTube update of the Apple Campus being built here in Silicon Valley Steve Job's last creative design before he died. The 'Kingdom' haha in the ROUND off freeway 280 in Cupertino is like NOTHING I've ever seen built in the Bay Area in my lifetime. I loved this book [...]

    11. "what if we all behaved as if we were being watched? It would lead to a more moral way of life. Who would do something unethical or immoral or illegal if they were being watched?"A significant majority of our planet's residents has access to the Web. This has been the way for decades now. We were provided with a great instrument in the everlasting search for knowledge. Everything is there for us to grasp. By pushing a button, a key in the keyboard, by touching a screen, knowledge that would fill [...]

    12. Dave Eggers is having a Klout moment: He’s just published a dystopian satire about social media called “The Circle.” On Sunday, the New York Times Magazine touted an excerpt on its cover. The blogosphere has lit up like the aurora borealis.At 500 pages, this relentless broadside against the corrosive effects of the connected life is as subtle as a sponsored tweet. Make no mistake: Eggers has seen the Facebook effect, and he does not “like” it. His parable of technological madness reads [...]

    13. as zeitgeisty as they come and just as flawed. eggers' prose is a bit too ordinary, his characters seem just smart or clueless enough to conform to plot machinations, and the masses appear as neo-marxist caricatures of 'the masses' with only a select few white-hat-wearing good guys able to catch a glimpse outside the ol' cave. the riches contained within (and they are aplenty) deserve a more thorough and complete treatment. very entertaining but gonna round down to a 3.

    14. If I had to come up with a one-sentence summary for this book, it would be this: if you've ever read one of those thinkpieces written by a smug baby boomer explaining why millinials are the worst and thought, man, I wish I had five hundred pages of this, then The Circle is for you!May Holland is a recent college graduate living sometime in the near future, when a company called the Circle has created a monopoly on all technology. The Circle has created TrueYou, a system that links a person's ent [...]

    15. My rating: 1 of 5 starsI received this book free from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.In the world introduced in ‘The Circle’, individuals become completely transparent and are stripped of their anonymity even when performing menial tasks. Mae Holland has just secured a position with The Circle thanks to her friend Annie, a high-ranking employee at The Circle. Mae’s involvement in the company slowly begi [...]

    16. “We all know we die. We all know the world is too big for us to be significant. So all we have is the hope of being seen, or heard, even for a moment.” Wow, what a read! It’s been a little while since I’ve given a read 5 stars, so I’m feeling a bit like: I went into this one a little tired from the mild let-downs that some of my more recent reads have been and wanting to take a quick breather from my list of upcoming pre-release 2016 reviews. (This one was released in 2013.) I am deli [...]

    17. I hate books with unlikable characters. The mere fact that it took me 14 days to finish this short novel clearly means that something bad was going on. The novel didn't captivate me in any way possible. The premise was great, but the execution was laughable.The Circle is a company wherein transparency is the natural law whereas secrecy is the eternal sin. An employee is trained to be competent in their jobs but they are also required to be socially active in the company. They have a facebook-lik [...]

    18. Great concept, but horrible writing and execution. I am a sucker for this type of premise, but I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. What you can imagine in your head is probably a better story than this book. It's getting 2 stars simply for the concept alone and because I did enjoy thinking about these things but I just kept waiting for anything to actually happen. I think what you'll get out of this book is more dependent on you than the book itself. If you aren't inherently intrigued in t [...]

    19. Facebook Bad. Twitter Bad.Oh wait, we all know that, that's why we're drawn to its dark, dark powers. We love to be frightened by a totalitarian regime based on widespread shaming and a few likes.Seriously, this book has some really great prose going on, imminently readable, with wonderful characters and a very good progression of plot kinda like sitting in the cold water as a pot starts heating up. We see all the great stuff that this new omnipresent social media/accounting has brought to us, w [...]

    20. Well, that was an uncomfortable experience. I am not sure I have ever read a book while saying, "Nope . . . un-uh . . . OMG NO!" every single page. This is not me saying that it was bad, just that every action, every suggestion, every idea presented made me squirm.This book is less story and more about social media and technology taking over our lives. The characters in the book are brainwashed lemmings who are led to believe that giving up their privacy is the most important thing in the world. [...]

    21. Once upon a time, we used to think about the future and the many wonderful things we would be able to do online, and we used to say 'one day we'll be able to do this.' and now we live in a time period where the mentality's changed from 'one day we'll do it' to 'now we can do it, and weshould.' And we mostly do that without pausing to wonder what the repercussions may be. The Circle explores this idea with stomach-churning gusto.The Circle is a disturbing book, not only because of the troubling i [...]

    22. I liked this book very much. Until I went to get my copy at the local book store I had no idea that there was already a hype about it (or else I might have not gotten it and missed out on this experience since I’m usually very wary when it comes to hyped books).One of the main points I’ve seen people criticize this book for is that the protagonist is not opposing the system but actually a vivid member of it and, as such, even a fan and promoter of said system. I have read Orwell’s „1984 [...]

    23. “We all know the world is too big for us to be significant. So all we have is the hope of being seen, or heard, even for a moment.”This book is flat.The concept is great, but nothing new or revolutionary. The writing is basic so it won't take long to read the book. That's basically the good stuff.Now, I don't know if the author did it on purpose or just can't do any better, but the writing is anything but appealing, poetic or emotional in any way. It won't make you feel anything. It's shallo [...]

    24. Having read the reviews by critics stumbling over each other to praise how "edgy" and "prophetic" this book was, I borrowed it from the library (if I'd paid the ridiculous $17 for this book, I probably would have sat down and cried).The only thing good about this book is David Eggers writing ability. He's clearly an extremely skilled writer and it's a credit to him that I managed to finish this to the end. He could write about going to the bank and make it readable and interesting (and would pro [...]

    25. I'd be the first to admit that Dave Eggers' writing can be quite facile (The Circle is certainly evidence of that), but love him or hate him, he sure can tell a story. His long (500 page) yet breezy reimagination of a Google-esque company controlling every aspect of our lives provided probably the most fun I had reading fiction this year (2013). Watch as protagonist Mae gets hired at "The Circle", quickly works her way up the ranks, and loses her mind trying to amass as many "smiles" and 100s as [...]

    26. “Suffering is only suffering if it's done in silence, in solitude. Pain experienced in public, in view of loving millions, was no longer pain. It was communion.” ― Dave Eggers, The Circle(***1/2) A solid, just not great social network dystopia. Imagine FB::Google:: take over the world. There is nowhere left to hide. No secrets. No privacy. No down time. In fact, "SECRETS ARE LIES, SHARING IS CARING, PRIVACY IS THEFT." While it is interesting, and does seem to mimic some of the warnings of [...]

    27. The Hook - The story goes like this. I run into a guy who used to be in my non-fiction book group, one who I miss for his eclectic reading and bold opinions. We catch up on what’s happening in his new career, prior insurance man turned security tech in a large company, so much more exciting than my retirement. I mention how the loss of privacy in my daily life due to the use of social networking and the Internet bothers me and that I wonder at where we are heading. He immediately says “Have [...]

    28. You can get scared or act fearless and laugh, but listen to Silicon Valley getting hammered on a grand scale! No, not that hammered! Hammered over the head thump thump thump style!The protagonist is a young woman, Maebelline Renner Holland who lands a poshy job at The Circle - the biggest internet interactive company in the world with its dreamscape buildings filled with ten thousand of the world's young techno gurus changing the way the world operates by working on the Second Enlightenment.Thi [...]

    29. The Circle rating: 3.7 It reminded me of Ira Levins’s 1972 The Stepford Wives – Smile. 97%Too long – Frown. 26%Great premise, a social media dystopian satire – Smile. 92%The execution of the great premise into a quirky and inconsistent novel – Frown. 33%Having fun with social media as a social commentary on our pop culture – Smile. 88%Asking serious questions about who we are with social media as an intrusive and perhaps inescapable force of synthetic nature – Smile 89%Some scenes [...]

    30. Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/ “ALL THAT HAPPENS MUST BE KNOWN.”Here’s a dramatic reenactment of me while reading this book:In case you can’t tell what that little child of the corn is saying, it’s something along the lines of “WTF?!?!?!? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?! I’VE BEEN READING THIS CRAP FOR THREE DAYS AND I’M ONLY AT 74%?!?!?!?!?!” The Circle has been making its way on and off my to-read list ever since it was released. Most recently, a combination of Snotchochee [...]

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