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In this interview, by Kai Ryssdal and Robert Garrova and published on Marketplace on 25 April 2017, Eggers describes how relationships have changed now that people are able to spy on each other with ease.
Ellen Ullman's review, from the New York Times on 1 November 2013, takes a hard look at The Circle, characterizing it as a fairy tale or fable in which the symbolism and moralizing are painfully obvious.
In his review, published on 1 October 2013 in The Washington Post, Ron Charles argues that the novel's heavy-handed symbolism and lack of subtlety may be necessary to steal our attention away from our social media and digital devices.
Dennis K. Berman's review, published on 17 September 2013 in the Wall Street Journal, compares the novel to Upton Sinclair's book "The Jungle," which exposed corruption, worker exploitation, and unsanitary practices in the Chicago meatpacking industry.