Dave Eggers’ The Circle, part 1: SECRETS ARE LIES

In his novel The Circle Dave Eggers branches out into dystopian fiction. You’d think a writer like Eggers wouldn’t bother with a genre many contemporary literary writers might find too cliche, commercialized, and predictable. “Society looks perfect, but it all goes downhill. Seen it before.” But Eggers doesn’t go for a distant, war-torn future. He takes us back to the roots of modern dystopian masterpieces: 1984 and Brave New World. What we get is a glimpse of the near future that is—I’ll admit—more relevant than one of my favorites, The Hunger Games.
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My Students Get 1984 More than Capitol Hill

My students immediately saw the relevance of 1984’s endless wars with Eastasia/Eurasia and the omnipresent surveillance of Big Brother.  Who knew they’re smarter than Washington?  Free Manning.  Lower the sabre over Syria.  Ignorance is strength.  It’s time we show the world our weak side.