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A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
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Feb 20, 2013

really liked it

It's been awhile since I've read Eggers and I'm glad I waited for this one. Philosopher Alain de Botton wrote a really interesting article about work a few years ago which I often think about, asking why we don't create more art about our jobs.
(See link here: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/our-wor...)

For me, this book was an exploration of work. How jobs define us, how we define the role of jobs in our life, the seismic shifts that have occurred in certain industries, and the effect of globalisation. If that makes it sound dull and theoretical, it's not. It's a story about Alan, and the complicated relationships he has with his daughter and ex-wife, and the situation he finds himself inhabiting a real but almost fictional world, in the Middle East. It's a thoughtful, evocative book, that feels very carefully constructed but not tricksy. And it's told in the most beautiful, clean prose. I loved it.
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