Book Review of A Hologram For The King
The main character is Alan Clay, an American businessman sent to Saudi Arabia to close a huge deal for his IT company. It is his last chance to resurrect his failing career and provide the financial assistance his college-age daughter sorely needs.
But he makes one foolish decision after another. Following his struggles was like watching a train wreck. I wanted to take my eyes away from what resembled a modern Shakespearian tragedy, but Eggers pulled me into the story from the very first page. I was hooked.
There were some light moments, like the friendship he formed with his Saudi taxi driver, Yousef. Their dialogue was so honest and entertaining. It was one of the few places in the tale where I laughed out loud. And there were other scenes providing comic relief, but overall, Alan sabotages himself in ever more new and alarming ways.
Even though the main character’s track record indicated otherwise, I kept hoping for a miracle. You must read this book, which gained enough attention from Hollywood, to be made into a movie. I promise you’ll be pulled into the story just as I was.
The writer’s prose is at times concise, almost spare, and at other times more detailed, but always, stunningly eloquent. With A Hologram For The King, Eggers has gifted us with a gut-wrenchingly sad, yet beautiful, story.