A Hologram For The King
McSweeney’s Books / PGW | 9781936365746 | $25 | June 2012
The on-sale date is coming up tomorrow, and the early reviews are starting to roll in. I’d heard a rumor at BEA that a copy was heading my way, so I wasn’t super-surprised when it showed up on my doorstep this afternoon. Nevertheless, I’m pleased at the timing – I’m heading out for some bookstore appointments tomorrow, and I’ll be bringing it with me! Nothing else compares, I’m afraid.
Some of this week's non-required reading about AHFTK – students of Eggersian Literary Field Dynamics, help me out – is that the preferred acronym for the new book?:
- Jason Kottke linked to an interview by Stephen Elliott with Eggers at The Rumpus (also linked to by the New Yorker’s Page-Turner blog).
- The essential Maria Popova at Brain Pickings brought it in at #10 on her Summer Reading List 2012: 10 Essential Books for Cognitive Sunshine.
- Michiko Kakutani praised its Hemingway-esque restraint and its Beckettian allusions in the NYT.
- Carolyn Kellogg further whetted my appetite in her review at the LA Times.
Updated to add:
- Publishers Weekly reviews AHFTK, "Eggers strikes fresh and genuine notes, however, in Alan's burgeoning friendship with the young Saudi man, Yousef, assigned to be his driver. Both Eggers's fans and those previously resistant to his work will find a spare but moving elegy for the American century."