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A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
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bookshelves: book-club-books, where-are-you-reading-2014

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I absolutely adored this book. Eggers writing was engaging and his characters were very unique. I loved how they all had two sides; the side they showed in public, and the side they kept hidden from the eyes of the Kingdom. I know several Saudis and while what’s in this book might be extreme, I’ve heard that it’s pretty accurate. I loved that I could relate to this book in that way. I guess my only complaint would be that not much happened, but that seemed to be on purpose. Our book club leader said that this was often compared to ‘Waiting for Godot’ and I can see the similarities. If you couldn’t guess, I adored ‘Godot’ as well.

The plot line with Dr. Hakem was my favorite. She was such a strong woman who defied stereotypes of woman from that region. I loved how bold she was, even if I didn’t fully agree with her infidelity. I loved how sure she was of herself and her medical skill was commendable. It must have been a struggle to put a strong female character in a book set in Saudi Arabia, but Eggers did it really well.
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Reading Progress

August 12, 2013 – Shelved
August 12, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
August 13, 2013 – Shelved as: book-club-books
June 18, 2014 – Started Reading
June 18, 2014 –
page 47
13.35%
June 20, 2014 –
page 139
39.49%
June 23, 2014 –
page 238
67.61%
June 24, 2014 –
page 267
75.85%
June 25, 2014 –
page 322
91.48%
June 25, 2014 – Finished Reading
July 19, 2014 – Shelved as: where-are-you-reading-2014

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