By Dave Eggers
In a emerging Saudi Arabian urban, faraway from weary, recession-scarred the US, a suffering businessman pursues a last-ditch try and stave off foreclosures, pay his daughter’s collage university, and eventually do whatever nice. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us worldwide to teach how one guy fights to carry himself and his splintering relatives jointly within the face of the worldwide economy’s gale-force winds. This taut, richly layered, and elegiac novel is a robust evocation of our modern second — and a relocating tale of the way we came.
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You're not eight and a half. It's only January. ” The boy blinked in the sunshine. Or fatten him on bread and milk in a cage that hung from the ceiling. Mrs. Quinn stepped between the children. “I see you cutting through here every day. Sometimes twice a day—once in the morning, once in the afternoon. ” He looked at the snow between his boots. And grind his bones to make her bread. “You'll take her with you from now on. And walk her home. She's in third grade just like you. Show up a few minutes early tomorrow, and take her to the principal's office.
A school bus in Kentucky slid off a road and into a river, leaving twenty-seven dead. A fire at a Catholic school in Chicago took ninety students and three nuns. Unrest in Cuba and Iraq, brickbats for Vice President Nixon in Caracas, bombs between the Chinese in Quemoy. She held her baby close while the television measured out the toll, wanting to protect her at all costs from evil and harm, accidental or intended. As her daughter's infancy gave way to walking and talking, and the Fifties became the Sixties, she worried still that some illness or accident would interrupt the dream, and she kept a mother's watch on sharp corners, pennies on the floor, and the inviting holes of electric sockets.
I'm married now,” she said. “Seven years. One boy, and one on the way. His name is Jason, my son that is. I don't know what we'll call this one, maybe Mack Truck, ‘cause I never even saw him coming till he knocked me flat. How are you, Mrs. Quinn? How's Erica? Haven't heard from her in ages. She still out west? Arizona or New Mexico, was it? ” “She's still there,” Margaret lied. She had no idea where her daughter was at that moment. ” Her daughter's friend leaned across the table and whispered.
A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers