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Alles wat gebeurt moet openbaar zijn

Mae Holland kan haar geluk niet op als ze wordt aangenomen bij de Cirkel, het machtigste internetbedrijf ter wereld. De persoonlijke e-mails van de gebruikers, hun sociale media, betalingsverkeer en aankopen zijn met elkaar verbonden door een universeel besturingsprogramma. Het resultaat: iedereen heeft slechts één online identiteit. Een
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Paperback, 445 pages
Published November 11th 2013 by Lebowski (first published October 8th 2013)
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Bas Korpershoek I'd say it was about the beauty of not being connected with the internet; the beauty of being connected with nature. Mae found she could be herself,…moreI'd say it was about the beauty of not being connected with the internet; the beauty of being connected with nature. Mae found she could be herself, relax, and enjoy herself while she was at the water; the tear was also absent there. The water passages are written to show the beauty of nature, and I also found my antipathy for Mae disappeared when reading those passages: she became human again.

Maybe that's why the champagne was hidden by the water also; a Romantic symbol that the true beauty is in nature.

Then again, who am I... These are just my observations!(less)

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Brad
Oct 29, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
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
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Stephanie Sun
A Review of Dave Eggers' The Circle by Google

Transparency is...


Surveillance is...


Society is...


Kayaking is...


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Everything in moderation, including...


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On 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 cardbo
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MJ Nicholls
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: merkins, novels
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. Jus ...more
Jaclyn Day
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 connections with oth
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Julie Ehlers
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-fiction
Not long ago, one of the founders of Goodreads 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 Goodreads and share it with your friends
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di
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) was the perfect outcome. Any sort of (view spoiler) would have lost the book entirely to lameness.

--The exploration of an interes
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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 Goodreads 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 pu
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Amantha
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Benjamin
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
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Amalia Gavea
"...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
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Elyse
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bay-area-authors
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
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Navidad Thelamour
“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 giddy!

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 delighted to sa
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Ron Charles
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 like a Bu
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brian
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.
Madeline
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ugh, audiobook
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
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Bonnie
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
I 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 begins ove
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Matthew
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, kindle, library
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.
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Starjustin
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A possible present day dystopian novel involving a young girl, Mae, as the protagonist who starts in a dead end job, is divorced, has two parents, one of which is not well, and is also separated from her very best friend Annie. Annie works for the 'Circle', the number one internet management company in the world.
When Mae is hired at the 'Circle' with the help of her friend Annie, life-changing experiences lead her into a different world, a world we could all envision ourselves in someday.
My tho
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Kai
May 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, 2017
“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 shallow an
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Will M.
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Honestly, no one
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
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Trina (Between Chapters)
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 ...more
Bradley
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
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Mohamed
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 we should.' 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
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Trish
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“ to whic
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Trish
As a novel this huge piece of work has almost too many faults to name, but Eggers’ imagination and style makes the experience of reading or listening to it a special kind of pleasure. Filled to the brim with fledgling discussions of privacy, freedom, fairness, democracy, and control, the novel has in its DNA all the previous great works who have posed the questions “What is privacy and is it good?” and “What is democracy and is it good?” and “What is personal freedom and is it good?”

This is a lo
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Rose Symotiuk
Oct 14, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Snotchocheez
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


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
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Lyn
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 reminded me of
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Darwin8u
Oct 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
“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

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(***1/2) A solid, just not great social network dystopia. Imagine FB::Google::Amazon 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
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Carol
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 I go ...more
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