In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter's college tuition, and finally do something great. In A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together in the face of the global economy's gale-force winds. This taut, richly layered, and elegiac novel is a powerful evocation of our contemporary moment- and a moving story of how we got here.
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by Dave Eggers
"Sad-sack Alan Clay is the engaging protagonist of Eggers's novel, which comes to life with the elegant performance of Dion Graham. The story focuses on a down-on-his luck businessman and his goal of selling holographic computer services to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia so that he can pay his daughter's college tuition and extricate himself from a financial hole. Eggers also includes almost subliminal messages about global finance and international politics. Although a bit uneven, the book contains memorable moments of hilarity and insight. Listeners also benefit greatly from Graham's measured delivery, which eases the tedious moments, highlights the charming dialogue, and brings alive the book's most compelling scenes. D.J.S. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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