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By Dave Eggers

In a emerging Saudi Arabian urban, faraway from weary, recession-scarred the US, a suffering businessman pursues a last-ditch try to stave off foreclosures, pay his daughter’s collage institution, and at last do anything nice. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us world wide to teach how one guy fights to carry himself and his splintering kinfolk jointly within the face of the worldwide economy’s gale-force winds. This taut, richly layered, and elegiac novel is a strong evocation of our modern second — and a relocating tale of the way we came.

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In fact, we are frenetically energetic, in spasms, but we are free, fatally free, of what might be called the curse of perpetuance. We finish things, while for the real worker, as the poet Valéry, I believe it was, pronounced, there is no finishing a work, only the abandoning of it. A nice vignette has Bonnard at the Musée du Luxembourg with a friend, it was Vuillard, indeed, if I am not mistaken, whom he sets to distracting the museum guard while he whips out his paint-box and reworks a patch of a picture of his own that had been hanging there for years.

All creatures have their habits. Now from the other side of the garden a neighbour’s piebald cat comes creeping, soft-stepping pard. Watch out, birdie. That grass needs cutting, once more will suffice, for this year. I should offer to do it. The thought occurs and at once there I am, in shirt-sleeves and concertina trousers, stumbling sweat-stained behind the mower, grass-haulms in my mouth and the flies buzzing about my head. Odd, how often I see myself like this these days, at a distance, being someone else and doing things that only someone else would do.

Mr. Todd looked at her in mild, hare-eyed panic, his eyebrows hovering halfway up his forehead. “Oh, we won’t let you go quite yet, Mrs. Morden,” he said, showing big grey teeth in an awful smile. ” Another beat of silence followed that. Anna’s hands were in her lap, she looked at them, frowning, as if she had not noticed them before. My right knee took fright and set to twitching. Mr. Todd launched into a forceful disquisition, polished from repeated use, on promising treatments, new drugs, the mighty arsenal of chemical weapons he had at his command; he might have been speaking of magic potions, the alchemist’s physic.

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