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The Circle (original: 2013; edição: 2014)

de Dave Eggers (Autor)

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"The Circle is the exhilarating new novel from Dave Eggers, best-selling author of A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award. When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can't believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world--even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman's ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge"--… (mais)
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Título:The Circle
Autores:Dave Eggers (Autor)
Informação:Vintage Books (2014), Edition: 1st, 497 pages
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The Circle de Dave Eggers (2013)

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    Florian_Brennstoff: Dataism becoming Totalitarism and vice versa. The Circle adresses the totalitarian threat, rising from a corporation that openly promotes total transparency. NSA shows what happened when a totalitarian regime gets hold of the vital data of all the citizens.… (mais)
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I was so disappointed by this book, so apologies for the rant that follows.

The premise is great and there are some very interesting elements a I enjoyed parts of the book, but.... Oh my god. I think that the ridiculousness of the main protagonist Mae must be intentional, but it's taken too far. The whole book is taken too far, to the point where no interactions and reactions make sense. There is a plot, but a very weak one, with no turning points, plot twists.... It's just a rambling of Mae, with her brainwashed admiration for the Circle, humble realizations how much she sucks when she is not It's and participating enough and big revelations about her commitment to the Circle. It's just too much. No real doubt about the Big Brother, no listening to the arguments of other people who are making just a little bit more sense. The whole book consists basically of five stations: Mae is dealing either with her parents or her love interests. Mae goes on about how the Circle, technology or social media is great and what is she doing with it. Mae is kayaking. Mae is ashamed of her anti-circle actions. Mae is having a "deep" discussion about the Circle and its control over everybody's life, but she doesn't actually listen to any of her speaking partners. Repeat. And the end is just so underwhelming, so non-existent, I was like "what the fish was that". I mean there are some really interesting parts (mainly technology related) and the whole thing had a great potential, but the writing, the unreasonable behavior, the meekness of Mae and her self-deprecation... She has no character other than "I must stay at the Circle and everyone must like me, otherwise there is no point in living!", no personal opinions, no brain of her own. I really hoped there will at least be some interesting conclusion to the book, but... Nope. Just nope.
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  MargaretGwen | Apr 23, 2021 |
I was so disappointed by this book, so apologies for the rant that follows.

The premise is great and there are some very interesting elements a I enjoyed parts of the book, but.... Oh my god. I think that the ridiculousness of the main protagonist Mae must be intentional, but it's taken too far. The whole book is taken too far, to the point where no interactions and reactions make sense. There is a plot, but a very weak one, with no turning points, plot twists.... It's just a rambling of Mae, with her brainwashed admiration for the Circle, humble realizations how much she sucks when she is not It's and participating enough and big revelations about her commitment to the Circle. It's just too much. No real doubt about the Big Brother, no listening to the arguments of other people who are making just a little bit more sense. The whole book consists basically of five stations: Mae is dealing either with her parents or her love interests. Mae goes on about how the Circle, technology or social media is great and what is she doing with it. Mae is kayaking. Mae is ashamed of her anti-circle actions. Mae is having a "deep" discussion about the Circle and its control over everybody's life, but she doesn't actually listen to any of her speaking partners. Repeat. And the end is just so underwhelming, so non-existent, I was like "what the fish was that". I mean there are some really interesting parts (mainly technology related) and the whole thing had a great potential, but the writing, the unreasonable behavior, the meekness of Mae and her self-deprecation... She has no character other than "I must stay at the Circle and everyone must like me, otherwise there is no point in living!", no personal opinions, no brain of her own. I really hoped there will at least be some interesting conclusion to the book, but... Nope. Just nope.
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  MargaretGwen | Apr 23, 2021 |
3.5 stars

Scary book because it seems so close to potential reality. It's social media taking over tracking everyone and turning us into a totalitarian government. There's no privacy, and everyone must participate. After reading this book, I'm more in favor of unplugging frequently. I felt like going somewhere without technology for a few hours to decompress, with all the notifications the characters were getting, I couldn't handle seeing any for awhile. It also made me realize how worrying about likes and smiles and seeing everything on a feed can take your time. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Feb 17, 2021 |
This perfectly describes what the world is coming too if we aren't careful (The Circle either being Google or Facebook).

The book does talk detailed about the main character but doesn't go into much detail outside of the circle.

I suggest you watch the movie (of the same name) at some point after reading the book. ( )
  Authentico | Feb 3, 2021 |
Basically a campfire tale for introverts.

A great setup in the first couple of dozen chapters then nothing really happens until the end of the book. Straw men are setup, then methodically sliced back into straw. Lectures are delivered, lessons are learned or not depending on what point was being made in the most recent or next upcoming lecture. Sort of like Ayn Rand writes a Michael Crichton type thriller but without any action or plot.

One time I heard art described as something that causes a reaction in the audience. From that point of view this must be high art indeed as people seem to either love it or hate it. Glad I read it to see what everyone is talking about. But in the end, it was pretty underwhelming with little understanding or sympathy with anyone who engages with the book from a different point of view and little real persuasiveness toward the point of view it so desperately is trying to promote.

On the positive side, the narrator is fantastic. I will certainly look for more by the same man.

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  frfeni | Jan 31, 2021 |
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Van alle romans die ik dit jaar las, is De Cirkel van Dave Eggers het meest blijven na-ijlen. Niet omdat het literair het beste boek is, maar vanwege de verontrustende beelden die het oproept, beelden die na de laatste bladzijde niet langzaam wegebben, maar hinderlijk blijven doorspoken. De Cirkel is het 1984 van het internettijdperk genoemd, maar beschrijft een werkelijkheid die veel nabijer lijkt en daardoor dreigender voelt dan Orwells tijdloze boek.
adicionado por sneuper | editarde Volkskrant, Hans Bouman (Dec 18, 2013)
 
Even as satire, The Circle is disappointing as a novel: the plot is too easy, the prose simple, the characters flat and undistinguishable. Due to these same qualities, however, The Circle succeeds as commentary on the era of big data and transparency. The scary part is that the Silicon Valley of The Circle barely seems like a caricature. The easiest comparison of the Circle is to Google — whose Mountain View campus keeps its employees fed, fit, massaged, and, well, kept. The Circle’s mottos and mantras are the same buzzwords already posted on billboards and batted around in cafes and bars.
 
Some will call The Circle a “dystopia,” but there’s no sadistic slave-whipping tyranny on view in this imaginary America: indeed, much energy is expended on world betterment by its earnest denizens. Plagues are not raging, nor is the planet blowing up or even warming noticeably. Instead we are in the green and pleasant land of a satirical utopia for our times, where recycling and organics abound, people keep saying how much they like each another, and the brave new world of virtual sharing and caring breeds monsters.
 
Het onrecht dat in The Circle bestreden wordt, is de expansiedrift van Silicon Valley, zoveel is vanaf de eerste pagina duidelijk. En Eggers gebruikt daarvoor de meest absurde metaforen: drones uitgerust met camera’s die mensen zonder Circle-account achtervolgen en ‘ik wil gewoon vrienden worden’ scanderen, of een transparante haai die een heel aquarium leegeet. Het punt is gemaakt, Dave Eggers.
Toch verdient Eggers een like. Zijn versie van de wereld is bewust extreem: hoe het wordt als we allemaal zulke schapen worden als Mae Holland, die kritiekloos Silicon Valley achternalopen. Hij verzint een wereld die – veel maar net niet helemaal – op de onze lijkt, waarin mensen hun vrijheid inleveren, betoverd door quasifilosofische toespraken, moderne bedrijfsvoering en onbeperkt aandacht van een miljoenenpubliek. Eggers vraagt zich niet af welke wereld er is, maar welke kan komen. En zoals in The Circle heeft hij het duidelijk liever niet.
adicionado por sneuper | editarVN, Tim de Gier (Nov 5, 2013)
 
This potential dystopia should sound familiar. Books and tweets and blogs are already debating the issues Eggers raises: the tyranny of transparency, personhood defined as perpetual presence in social networks, our strange drive to display ourselves, the voracious information appetites of Google and Facebook, our lives under the constant surveillance of our own government.

“The Circle” adds little of substance to the debate. Eggers reframes the discussion as a fable, a tale meant to be instructive. His instructors include a Gang of 40, a Transparent Man, a shadowy figure who may be a hero or a villain, a Wise Man with a secret chamber and a smiling legion of true-believing company employees. The novel has the flavor of a comic book: light, entertaining, undemanding.
adicionado por BeckyJG | editarThe New York Times, Ellen Ullman (Nov 1, 2013)
 

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Outside the walls of the Circle, all was noise and struggle, failure and filth. But here, all had been perfected. The best people had made the best systems and the best systems had reaped funds, unlimited funds, that made possible this, the best place to work. And it was natural that it was so, Mae thought. Who else but utopians could make utopia?
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"The Circle is the exhilarating new novel from Dave Eggers, best-selling author of A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award. When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can't believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world--even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman's ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge"--

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