An Almost Made Up Poem

Dave Eggers’s many talents include, writing scripts for “Where the Wild Things Are” and “Away We Go”, creating some of the best contemporary books like What is the What? and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, plus starting McSweeney’s, a much acclaimed literary magazine. As a huge fan (somewhat of fangirl) of Eggers, I have seen his work change from introspective, humorous memoirs and short stories to serious novels and stories that tackle grave global issues. In A Hologram for the King, a depressed and desperate ex-Schwinn employee, Alan Clay, goes to Saudi Arabia to sell IT for Reliant, as a last-ditch effort to redeem himself from financial ruin.  

The story concentrates on Alan’s inability to progress. Alan is awkward, impotent, and delusional about his middle-aged life. Alan can’t get a hold of the king, so he can show him the hologram presentation that will surely grant Reliant an IT contract. Because he…

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