Dave Eggers

5 comments:

Zach Miller said...

If you’re thinking about choosing Dave Eggers, don’t make a snap decision. His books are well-written and interesting, but they are all very long. Be sure to plan out your reading, because you cannot procrastinate with these books. Also, if you are looking for action, you might want to look somewhere else. Eggers focuses much more on character development and creating themes than on action packed sequences. The books usually end well, but they can often be very bleak for much of the text, and you may not want to read these if you really want lighter, happier books. I read 5 books and wrote about 4, and that was fairly manageable. I recommend focusing on his realistic fiction books, as opposed to any sci-fi or nonfiction texts. The themes are fairly easy to identify, but specific evidence less so. If I had to do it all over again, I might not choose Eggers, but after the fact I think having him as my author was a positive experience.

Emma Spinale said...

Dave Eggers is a great choice for the American Author Thesis paper. His novels are plot based and modern, making them interesting to read, and not making the reading part of the assignment seem like a chore or boring. Eggers focuses on human nature, and the natural qualities of humans through his characters and symbols in his novels. The novel I recommend the most that you read is The Circle. Other novels I enjoyed that contributed heavily to my paper were Zeitoun, You Shall Know Our Velocity, and Eggers’ memoir, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. One of Eggers’ novels that I wish I had read is What is the What. Overall, I enjoyed Eggers’ novels, as they kept me interested and kept many themes throughout that contributed to a pretty straightforward and writing process, especially with the help of the note cards.

Michal Musikavanhu said...

Dave Eggers is a brilliant choice for the American Author Thesis paper if you enjoy reading longer novels. Although his novels are long, they are easy to understand because of their modernity. He is able to capture many brilliant ideas throughout his novels that will insure depth in the ideas of your paper. I read five of his books including The Circle, A Heartbreaking Work of a Staggering Genius, A Hologram For the King, How We Are Hungry, And the wild things. Out of these five I would recommend A Heartbreaking Work of A Staggering genius. This novel is a beautiful and heart filled memoir that will give you some perspective on his life and way of thought.

Abbie Silverstein said...

I chose Dave Eggers because I had read one of his novels (What is the What) over the summer and really enjoyed it. I chose to read "The Circle," "You Shall Know Our Velocity," "A Hologram for the King," and "Zeitoun." The Circle is my favorite out of the four, not only because it is modern and the characters are interesting and funny, but also because the technology theme is apparent and pertains to our everyday life. My least favorite was "You Shall Know our Velocity" because I had trouble finding a connection to the other novels I read. This was troublesome later on in the process when writing a thesis because the other three novels had clear tie-ins to each other and all had themes such as technology or money, that apply to our society today. I would recommend Dave Eggers because his books are very interesting and not too hard to read, yet you can still analyze the characters. If you are someone who doesn't mind lengthy novels, Eggers is for you. However, since the novels aren't particularly hard to read, they aren't too challenging for someone who is nervous about length.

Sofia Staehly said...

I chose to read Dave Eggers’s books because I have always been interested in reading his book The Circle. After reading the first few pages of The Circle, I realized that I really enjoyed his descriptive style. This year I read The Circle, You Shall Know Our Velocity! and The Wild Things. While each book featured different settings, there were endless amounts of similarities, and I was able to make connections between characters and themes. Because his books are on the lengthier side, I recommend taking plot notes or taking note of important quotations. Although I really enjoyed every one of his books, I especially enjoyed You Shall Know Our Velocity!, the story of two friends who depart on an adventure across the world. Overall I highly recommend Dave Eggers, as his books are guaranteed to make you laugh, gasp, and maybe even cry.

American Author Thesis

Now that you have written your essay, we ask that you reflect on the reading portion of the experience and write 100-150 words about your author.

Think of what you write as advice for someone next year and beyond, someone who (like you were doing last fall) is thinking about choosing your author - and maybe even the same three books - to read for the assignment.