The Circle - Dave Eggers | Book and Movie Spotlight

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Book summary


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 America - 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.


Book Release Date: October 8, 2013
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Pages: 493

About the Author

Dave Eggers grew up near Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the founder of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing house in San Francisco that produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing (McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern), and a monthly magazine, The Believer. McSweeney’s publishes Voice of Witness, a nonprofit book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. In 2002, he cofounded 826 Valencia, a nonprofit youth writing and tutoring center in San Francisco’s Mission District. Sister centers have since opened in seven other American cities under the umbrella of 826 National, and like-minded centers have opened in Dublin, London, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Birmingham, Alabama, among other locations. His work has been nominated for the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and has won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, France’s Prix Médicis, Germany’s Albatross Prize, the National Magazine Award, and the American Book Award. Eggers lives in Northern California with his family.

Q&A with Dave Eggers:
http://www.laloyolan.com/arts_and_entertainment/author-dave-eggers-sits-down-and-talks-the-circle/article_37aedbc2-330d-11e4-88a4-0017a43b2370.html
https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/a-brief-q-a-with-dave-eggers-about-his-new-novel-the-circle


https://6thfloor.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/28/behind-the-cover-story-dave-eggers-on-imagining-the-future-world-of-over-sharing/


Dave Eggers Interview:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/authorinterviews/10356543/Dave-Eggers-interview.html


Movie Summary


LONGLISTED 2015  – International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 

The Circle is a gripping modern thriller, set in the not-too-distant future, starring Emma Watson (“Harry Potter”), Tom Hanks (“Sully”) and John Boyega (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”). When Mae (Emma Watson) is hired to work for the world’s largest and most powerful tech & social media company, she sees it as an opportunity of a lifetime. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company’s founder, Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks), to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and ultimately her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every decision she makes begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family and that of humanity.

Movie Release Date: April 28, 2017
Website: TheCircle.Movie
Twitter: @WeAreTheCircle

Addition Information

CAST
Emma Watson Tom Hanks John Boyega Karen Gillan Ellar Coltrane Patton Oswalt Glenne Headly and Bill Paxton

DIRECTOR 
James Ponsoldt

SCREENPLAY BY 
James Ponsoldt and Dave Eggers

BASED ON THE NOVEL BY 
Dave Eggers

PRODUCERS 
Gary Goetzman Anthony Bregman James Ponsoldt

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