A Hologram for the King

by Dave Eggers

A Hologram for the King

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Hounded by steep debts and a weird lump on his neck, consultant Alan Clay travels to a rising Saudi Arabian city to try to secure a contract and earn a desperately needed commission. If he can sell holographic technology to the Saudi king, he'll be able to stave off his economic woes — and hold his family together. Unsurprisingly, Clay is swept up from his tent in the desert into various Kafkaesque misadventures.

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In lovely, pared-down prose (by Dave Eggers' standards, that is) A Hologram for the King recounts the trials of consultant Alan Clay, hounded by steep debts and a weird lump on his neck, as he tries to sell holographic technology to the Saudi king. Unsurprisingly, Clay is swept up from his tent in the desert into various Kafkaesque misadventures in the King Abdullah Economic City. The trademark Eggers quirk factor is offset by unusually beautiful writing, and Eggers offers elegant

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