Telling fact through fiction is no easy feat. After living for a while, and knowing that things do happen in this world, I look for novels and short stories to reflect that. On one page a character is having a phone conversation with his ex-wife and then several pages later he tells us that he hasn't spoken with her by phone for two years. I was lured by the cover and the title. This is, by any standards, an astonishing lot of stuff to have done, the kind of industry that usually breeds serious malignity, if not Oxfordian authorship hypotheses, in jealous competitors struggling with the daily 500 words. Dave Eggers seems to have an excellent understanding of the many problems we face in today's world. The arrival of King Abdullah is a study in total anti-climax.
Alan Clay is a suffering everyman, in the throes of unsustainability. A billboard advertises the development, and there's a road that cuts through nothing, then a pair of stone arches, and a dome hovering over all of it. It also offered an interesting glimpse into the kingdom of Saudi Arabia that I hadn't before seen. . The world already changed, and now everyone, whether they like it or not, is tasked with figuring out how—or if—they can adapt.
Or at least revisit the kingdom of smart funny inventive metafictional maximalism now that he's older. A year or so later, he returned for a visit and dropped by the office. Thrust into a foreign country while battling his inner demons, the protagonist makes it clear that this is a do or die sales opportunity. The hard truth, though, is that this gig is Alan's last-ditch effort to earn his fortune and prove to himself and his grown daughter, Kit, that he's not a complete loser. Teach a man to fish.
He starts letters he'll never send to the daughter whose college tuition he can't pay. But I still love him. The King Abdullah Economic City, the largest urban construction project in the world, actually exists. The world already changed, and now everyone, whether they like it or not, is tasked with figuring out how—or if—they can adapt. Credit Lori Nix Where is our new-millennium Norman Mailer? I think I do want to see this: Conscientious moralist and all-round Good Egg er Dave Eggers in another era might be literary kryptonite. I've followed this author for years now but would love for him to take off the gloves and claw the world's eyes out. I also loved the physical book itself.
Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life Still, he's optimistic. There's a risk of the story being an agit-prop against the creeping ambush of globalization, a pithy cry about America's decline. Is it our mistaken belief as Americans who once made good product but have since outsourced our manufacturing to burgeoning superpowers such as China, that the only way we can possibly save ourselves from our recent economic sins and moral malaise is to once again build something with our own gnarled, guilt-ridden American hands? I have three more Eggers books on the shelf now for a good long time ; not knowing really why I've not gotten to them yet. Part of the exhilaration of Mailer was that he cared so ravenously even when he failed; he was shooting for the moon even when he shot himself in the foot. That's what I did with this book and I was very sorry I did. Curious to see the movie and compare it to the book.
Hologram is impressive, but it builds to nothing. A story human enough to draw blood…. A year or so later, he returned for a visit and dropped by the office. Clay has a divorced wife, a semi-estranged daughter, a vexed relationship with his shrinking bank balance and a strange growth on the back of his neck. I liked that; it has a strong parallel to our own economy. The character arrives at a location at noon.
It's got a lot to say about economic globalization, work vs. This taut, richly layered, and elegiac novel is a powerful evocation of our contemporary moment — and a moving story of how we got here. Alan's bad mojo has extended deep into his personal life, but at Zahra Hakem's side, he feels alive again. How does the ending work and what response does it create in you? His wounds, both physical and emotional, are palpable. It was probably somebody else, but Heller wrote one under that title. Alan, individualist and good capitalist, finds himself at middle-age being pushed aside. Is the King going to come soon? He was once a confident, prosperous sales executive with Schwinn, until he made some bad decisions, such as trying to convert a Soviet-era factory in Budapest to a capitalistic model.
But it doesn't pull it off very effectively and just left me sort of annoyed. Eggers tweaks with facts to support his themes and goals. He ran for mayor of New York City, he tried his hand at directing movies and in 1955 he helped start an alternative weekly known as The Village Voice. A perfectly enjoyable, effortlessly proceeding, airily formatted, short novel. I'm not sure it's the type of book you want to read unless you're the type of person who has absolutely no faith in humanity. Thrust into a foreign country while battling his inner demons, the protagonist makes it clear that this is a do or die sales opportunity.