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EW | 'A Hologram for the King' Review

Entertainment Weekly

Some novels seem to naturally lend themselves to movie adaptations. Others don’t. Dave Eggers’ 2012 existentially absurd midlife crisis tale A Hologram for the King is one of the latter. It’s a story about an American consultant with a shattered marriage and a slightly estranged daughter who finds himself halfway around the world in Saudi Arabia trying to dazzle the desert country’s monarch on a mirage-like piece of technology. But when he gets there, the king keeps delaying their meeting over and over. It’s like Waiting for Godot by the Red Sea. Eggers’ book is largely interior. Its conflict is one of the soul. Again, not an easy movie to pull off.

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