I read this book four or five years ago and was annoyed with the main character and frustrated with how obsessive everyone in the story was about “being connected.” I watched the movie for the first time over the weekend and my sentiments haven’t changed. Although I understand the benefits of social media, I do resent it when it is used to maintain a relationship rather than direct human interaction. I wonder if my loved ones will write me back if I sent a letter in the mail 😎 📫 (📷: @thelitpub)
I had mixed feelings about THE LIFTERS, a new middle grade novel by Dave Eggers. It's a fascinating idea--when sinkholes threaten a town, two middle grade misfits head underground to fight the magical forces causing the problem. But the resolution of the personal and community problems came so late in the book that it was unsatisfying for me. The best moments came when Eggers’ voice shined through as the narrator. I enjoyed the periodic asides when the narrator spoke directly to the reader, providing some comic relief in what was otherwise a rather morose book. I'll be interested to watch how young readers receive this book!
THE LIFTERS will publish on April 14 from @aaknopf.
One of the short books I’ve read, it was a quick read however with a deep meaning and message despite comping off as conflicting at times.
“It's not human. It's not primal. So we don't understand it. It's a more recent mutation. The things we all have, love and hate and passion, and the need to eat and yell and screw, these are things every human has. But there's this new mutation, this ability to stand between a human being and some small measure of justice and blame it on some regulation. To say that the form was filled out incorrectly.” .
“–Don’t you think the vast majority of the chaos in the world is caused by a relatively small group of disappointed men?”
- Dave Eggers, Yout Fathers, Where Are They? and the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?
The Circle by Dave Eggers is one of my 2017 reads that really stuck with me. Written in 2013, the dystopian tale seems perhaps absurd or full of hyperbole, but read more recently (I was a little late to read it) it was not so far off in its forewarning. Eggers’s tale centers on The Circle - a Facebook, Google hybrid with a sprinkle of Twitter thrown in for good measure - and an employee Mae who rises through the ranks but allowing her life to be publicly broadcast. The company’s mottos: “Sharing is Caring”, “Privacy is Theft”, and “Secrets are Lies” make you really start to ponder the ultimate impact of our uber connected society. I read this right before Mr.
Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, which made for an interesting companion novel. .
These two books: So different, yet so similar! Third one is for notes😉
Who would have thought that #themonkofmokha and #crushingit have actually so much in common or at least some legit basic truth about entrep®eneurship. Just open your 👀 and read 📖! Dave Eggers as put Mokhtar's story so beautifully into his book. I'm still little baffled how he managed to do it, because it goes from broken dreams activist to paying off depts to coffee to Yemen to self-reliance to war zone to ethical coffee production & much more.
On page 75, Mokhtar was asked to pick one whether he is a businessman or an activist. He was told start a real business with a right intention. Not to sell Islamic coffee beans, but Yemeni beans. And if to do it well, everything will follow itself, naturally! Everything what his activist brain wanted to add to 'this project' I assume. I needed those words too, cuz sometimes I can't let go of the activist in me who wants to save the world, yet I always forget the fact that I still need to feed myself.. So I need to focus on the trade too.
And in reality, just being a proper honest human being for who ethical values come first & who happens to do business with the right intention is already the best example of islam & that's how it's written. And everything will follow.. There's not always a need for extra banners and flashing lights... The intention matters - read, read, read. & one day you will understand.