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The Circle Tekijä: Dave Eggers
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The Circle (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2013; vuoden 2013 painos)

Tekijä: Dave Eggers

Sarjat: The Circle (1)

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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"--… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Circle
Kirjailijat:Dave Eggers
Info:Hamish Hamilton (2013), Hardcover, 512 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto, Parhaillaan lukemassa
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The Circle (tekijä: Dave Eggers) (2013)

Viimeisimmät tallentajatB.Bartimaeus, Twisk, yksityinen kirjasto, nexbug, iAngelgirl, gobrik, kat51987
  1. 110
    Vuonna 1984 (tekijä: George Orwell) (sparemethecensor)
    sparemethecensor: The Circle could easily have ended with the line, "Mae loved Big Brother."
  2. 91
    Uljas uusi maailma (tekijä: Aldous Huxley) (JuliaMaria)
    JuliaMaria: Die totale Überwachung: einmal unfreiwillig, das andere Mal völlig freiwillig
  3. 20
    Feed (tekijä: M. T. Anderson) (vwinsloe)
    vwinsloe: The insidiousness of the internet, corporations and being constantly online.
  4. 10
    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (tekijä: David Shafer) (BeckyJG)
  5. 10
    The Language of the Third Reich: LTI -- Lingua Tertii Imperii: A Philologist's Notebook (tekijä: Victor Klemperer) (Jozefus)
    Jozefus: Voor de opmerkelijke overeenkomst tussen de kretologie van de IT-wereld en de retoriek van het Derde Rijk
  6. 21
    Penumbran kirjakauppa (tekijä: Robin Sloan) (conceptDawg)
    conceptDawg: Similar content and themes
  7. 11
    Illallinen (tekijä: Herman Koch) (akblanchard)
    akblanchard: Both of these are novels of ideas.
  8. 00
    Blind Faith (tekijä: Ben Elton) (isabelx)
    isabelx: both are set in societies where privacy is becoming a thing of the past
  9. 00
    NSA - Nationales Sicherheits-Amt: Roman (tekijä: Andreas Eschbach) (Florian_Brennstoff)
    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.… (lisätietoja)
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    Paradise City (tekijä: Zoe Beck) (JuliaMaria)
    JuliaMaria: Spannende Romane, die in der nahen Zukunft spielen. Gesundheitsüberwachung ist in beiden wichtiges, aber nicht das einzige Thema.
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 413) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Think "Nosedive" but twistier and with a less-likable protagonist. But as much as I say that, I got sucked in and didn't want to put this book down until I finished it. It was definitely heavy-handed though. ( )
  pattyt08 | Sep 26, 2023 |
Not good enough for more than three stars, not bad enough for less than three. Sorely lacking in humor, despite the plethora of over-the-top satire. To my mind TV's "Parks and Recreation" had much sharper, funnier and more thought-provoking things to say about the Google/Facebook/Twitter/Amazon all-seeing, all-knowing global behemoth than The Circle. Mae is one of the most maddening, idiotic characters I have ever encountered in a work of fiction. Still the narrative did move along nicely, although there was a lot of repetition (Mae typing and nodding at her mind-numbing "Customer Experience" work ad nauseam, scene after scene of Mae's transparency encounters). Seriously, at least 100 pages were superfluous. An ok read, but no dystopian classic in the making. Huxley, Orwell and Shirley Jackson don't have anything to worry about. ( )
  Octavia78 | Jul 26, 2023 |
Ich persönlich empfand das Buch an manchen Stellen recht langatmig, allerdings blieb es stets sehr spannend. Ich war etwas traurig, als es zu Ende war. ( )
  robnyx | Jul 20, 2023 |
A bloviated version of 1984, with social media as the fulcrum. Thought provoking; with a twist at the end I didn't see coming. ( )
  kwskultety | Jul 4, 2023 |
I often feel the need to think things through slowly, to go through each step, starting with assumptions, to explore them one after the next. I know people find this annoying. What I first liked about Eggers, years ago, was a recognition of that process in his writing. I view his books as journals - he is writing it out for himself, at whatever pace it takes, working through a thought, a sloughing; and my reading of the finished work is welcome, but not the point.

So when just a few chapters into the Circle I started saying "Yes, and...? Yes, AND...?" it interested me. I stopped thinking about the narrative and started thinking about the thought process, the tangents, the triggers for further contemplation. The exasperating things about the story itself stopped bothering me as much.

I don't know, I don't think I have a rating yet, so I'll stick to the middle. I read a few reviews and I agree as much with the 1-stars as the 5-stars. That interests me too. There's a lot I could almost dismiss as already going over ground that's been widely discussed. But then, so many people have said to me some variation of "if you're not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to fear", that I want to encourage any new discussion on this topic, at whatever level. And there's a lot of fair criticism about characterization and narrative, which I won't dispute - I just feel that way about a lot of his writing, and I'm ok with it.

I'm going to let it sit for a while. I'm going to see what, if any, moments come back into my thoughts, add into other musings, wake me up in the middle of the night. Because the parts that got my mind wandering weren't about the main narrative. They were about the language of advertising, the endless search for balance between safety and freedom, the constant question of how we can know a person, and how we can know ourselves. The moment Mae deals with emotional turmoil by going back to a mindless task, the solace of routine and structure and clear answers with immediate rewards. How readers, as much as Mae, take the responses of people who comment to her as the response of all people everywhere. The interaction where a client uses the need to be positive and friendly and responsive to bully her into doing him a favor. What I would say if someone dared ask me why I thought a moment of moonlight on an empty beach belonged just to me. The memories of every moment of moonlight on an empty beach that do, in fact, belong just to me.

I read most of this book on a cool breezy day, cocooned in my garden without phone, laptop, camera, visitors. I am thankful for the book, and I am thankful for the garden. ( )
  Kiramke | Jun 27, 2023 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 413) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
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.
 
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.
lisäsi sneuper | muokkaaVN, 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.
 

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Overnight, all comment boards became civil, all posters held accountable. The trolls, who had more or less overtaken the internet, were driven back into the darkness.
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?
"We will become all-seeing, all-knowing." The audience was standing now. The applause thundered through the room. Mae rested her head on Annie's shoulder. "All that happens will be known," Annie whispered.
Having a matrix of preferences presented as your essence, the whole you? Maybe that was it. It was some kind of mirror, but it was incomplete, distorted.
"You're always looking at me through a hundred other people's eyes."
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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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