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A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
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Jul 09, 2012

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Read from July 02 to 08, 2012

I was debating between 3 and 4 stars for this book, and decided that if you had to debate it didn’t deserve 4 stars. I really enjoyed the current day story of a washed up consultant in Saudi Arabia trying one last ditch effort at life and finding a way to pay for his daughter's college tuition. I liked the loosely developed surrounding characters, the one or two reasonably developed ones, the setting of an upstart city the middle east where some people are trying to progress the culture, and the general trajectory of the plot. However, every time Eggers has Alan flash back to his numerous failures and few successes as a bike manufacturer and father I would think to myself how am I enjoying this book? The answer is I really like Eggers. His characters are usually slightly subnormal and make a few decisions and say a few things that I feel only a social nincompoop would possible do/say. This story is true to that, but it kind of bothered me because the guy was supposed to be a great salesman in his day, which requires being much more socially suave. I also didn’t understand his romantic encounters. I simply don’t believe the contrast in interactions between Hanne and Dr. Hakem.

Overall a good read that I definitely enjoyed, but wouldn’t recommend it to someone who wasn’t already a fan of Eggers.

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