A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers

By Dave Eggers

In a emerging Saudi Arabian urban, faraway from weary, recession-scarred the USA, a suffering businessman pursues a last-ditch try and stave off foreclosures, pay his daughter’s collage college, and eventually do anything nice. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us worldwide to teach how one guy fights to carry himself and his splintering kin jointly within the face of the worldwide economy’s gale-force winds. This taut, richly layered, and elegiac novel is a strong evocation of our modern second — and a relocating tale of the way we came.

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A estrada, ladeando penedias, vencia custosamente a primeira encosta, depois do que se embrenharia nas montanhas de Samaria, pelo lado do poente, ao longo dos espinhaços áridos por trás dos quais, descaindo para o Jordão e arrastando na direcção do sul a sua rasoira ardente, o deserto de Judeia queimava e requeimava a antiquíssima cicatriz duma terra que, havendo sido prometida a uns tantos, nunca viria a saber a quem entregar-se. Espera, disse Simeão, e o carpinteiro obedecera, agora inquieto, temeroso sem saber de quê.

Dali foram todos como condenados à procura do ancião, que afinal estava no campo e não voltaria tão cedo, esta foi a resposta que deram a José. Então o carpinteiro encheu-se de coragem e em voz alta perguntou se naquela casa, ou noutra, Se me estão a ouvir, alguém quereria, em nome do Deus que tudo vê, dar guarida a sua mulher, que está para ter um filho, decerto haverá por aí um canto recolhido, que esteiras trazia-as ele, E também onde é que poderei encontrar nesta aldeia uma aparadeira para ajudar ao parto, o pobre José dizia envergonhado estas coisas enormes e íntimas, ainda com mais vergonha por sentir-se corar ao dizê-las.

Aproximou-se pois dele e disse, em tom de comedimento, Venho pedir-te desculpa, se te pareci insolente e enfatuado ontem à noite, nunca foi minha intenção faltar-te ao respeito, mas sabes como são as coisas, palavra traz palavra, as boas puxam as más, e acabamos sempre por dizer mais do que queriamos. Simeão ouviu, ouviu, de cabeça baixa, e finalmente respondeu, Estás desculpado. Em troca do seu generoso movimento, era natural que José esperasse uma resposta mais benévola do teimoso velho, e, ainda com a esperança de ouvir palavras que cria merecer, caminhou ao lado dele durante um bom bocado de tempo e de caminho.

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