A Hologram for the King
By Dave Eggers
(Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780307947512, 335pp.)
Publication Date: June 4, 2013
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A National Book Award Finalist
One of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year
One of the Best Books of the Year from The Boston Globe and San Francisco Chronicle
In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman named Alan Clay pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter's college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together.
- In the first few pages, we learn many things about Alan Clay: he lacks the courage to spend more time with a woman he is attracted to; he lacks the money to pay his daughter’s college tuition; he is divorced; his house is on the market but has not yet sold; he owes money to many people.We are told, “he had made a series of foolish decisions in his life.He had not planned well.He had not had courage when he needed it” (4). Do you feel distant from Alan, or do you feel empathy for him?Does your response to him change as the novel proceeds?Can you think of similar protagonists in other novels you have read?