A Hologram for the King — Dave Eggers

I decided to read a Dave EGGERS book based on @dantyte‘s recommendation. Dan actually recommended a different book by EGGERS but I’d read a lot of books about tech when I bought this and fancied a change of wallpaper.

Also, I saw a poster for the new Tom Hanks film based on this one.

Pretty enjoyable. No real story line but that’s OK. I laughed a bit but not too much. A strangely pleasant book to read.

Not particularly looking forward to seeing Tom Hanks do some pretty explicit sex scenes though.

A woman had staged Alan’s house. There are people who do this. They come into your house and make it more appealing than you ever could. They brighten the darkness you have brought into it with your human mess. Then, until it’s sold, you live in a version of your house, a better version. There is more yellow. There are flowers and tables made of reclaimed wood. Your own belongings are in storage.

There are some wonderful letters in the book:

‘Kit, you know the key to relating to your parents now? It’s mercy. Children, when they become teenagers and then young adults, grow unforgiving. Anything but perfection is pathos. Children are judgmental on an Old Testament level. All errors are unforgivable, as if a contract of perfection has been broken. But what if one’s parents are granted the same mercy, the same empathy as other humans? Children need more Jesus in them.’

And Eggers is very quotable:

in death, you can hope for dignity but should expect disarray.

I found myself identifying with loving someone so much you’d like to scream into their mouth (don’t judge me.):

He was dying to be closer, to have everything. He wanted to rub against her accidentally, to twist and roll in the water with her, to scream into her mouth.