Title Profile & Character Information

A Hologram for the King

Annotation
In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter's college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together in the face of the global economy's gale-force winds. This taut, richly layered, and elegiac novel is a powerful evocation of our contemporary moment - and a moving story of how we got here.

Characters
NameClay, Alan
GenderMale
OccupationSales representative
TraitsDivorced
Father

GenreFiction
Cautionary tale
Sociological
Allegory
TopicsSalesmen and salesmanship
Hardship
Financial problems
Middle classes
Desperation
Journeys
Holograms
Middle aged men
Self-pity
American Dream
Divorced men
Globalization
Baby Boom generation
SettingSaudi Arabia