[PDF/EBOOK] The Parade author Dave Eggers

Summary The Parade

New road connecting two halves of the state Two men foreign contractors from the same company are sent to finish the highway While one is flighty and adventurous wanting to experience the nightlife and people the other wants only to do the work and go home But both men. Don t you see It s like a parade before the real parade This is one of hope A procession of longingDave Eggers sets the wheels turning in this one He sets his storyline within the margins of an unnamed country ravaged by war for over ten years Peace is a construct served up by the government under uestionable circumstances A road is to be laid out connecting the north to the south for the first time in forever A parade of celebration will be take place after completionEggers never uite labels anything in this newest offering We assume that the said country may indeed be in Africa with two men from Western countries set to pave the road Their private names and that of their particular countries and company are sealed as well We will come to know the supervisor strictly as Four His assistant bears the name of Nine Four will be manning the RS 80 that lays down the surface of the road Nine s job will be to drive a smaller vehicle ahead that checks for any obstructions Supplies food tents and weapons have been packed inside the RS 80 and each compartment will be locked with a separate key Sounds pretty ship shape Not so fastFour is built with a mechanical mindset almost as rigid as the RS 80 itself He s a solely by the book kind of guy who adheres to company policy like a steel vice Four has a low threshold when it comes to tolerance We know nothing of his background story or his life before taking on this position From the onset we realize that he and Nine are going to be like a dull razor tearing at a raggedy beardNine is filled with life and curiosity We ve got a sort of Grasshopper and the Ant scenario happening Nine takes off for hours at a time in search of adventures in the passing villages Four obsesses with vengeance against Nine as he continues his job of paving hour after hour His daily rituals remain the same even under these circumstances Nine seems to always show up eventuallyuntil he goes missing And here is where our story escalatesThis was my first book by Dave Eggers It s a stripped down model in regard to limited dialogue and atmosphere It manages to set up camp in as few as 179 pages But you will definitely be intrigued by these two main characters with danger lurking around every corner Keeping pace with these two guys is the easy part Keeping it together with what s on the very last page is a story unto itself

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The Parade

From the bestselling author of The Monk of Mokha and The Circle comes a taut suspenseful story of two foreigners' role in a nation's fragile peaceAn unnamed country is leaving the darkness of a decade at war and to commemorate the armistice the government commissions a. Four a man aspiring to be an automaton and assigned co worker Nine pave a road across a war devastated countryside Nine is of a plant out of place He shouldn t be there Or as Four thinks Four had never met this man and did not think himself capable of prophecy but in a instant he knew Nine was an agent of chaos and would make the difficult work ahead far so Lasting impressions will be the health aide worker who doesn t want to stop watching television when someone in need knocks on the clinic door Four s soundtrack and that perfect black road Straight and gleaming with immaculate stripes through all that human tragedy

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Must eventually face the absurdities of their positions and the dire conseuences of their presence With echoes of J M Coetzee and Graham Greene this timeless novel uestions whether we can ever understand another nation's war and what role we have in forging anyone's pea. This novella offers an allegorical take on Western assistance in developing nations Two contract workers only referred to as Four and Nine are sent to an unnamed country marred by civil war in order to complete a strategically important road hoping their project would help connect people and enable locals and NGOs to transport important goods like food and medicine Once they finish their 12 day assignment there are are plans to celebrate their accomplishment with the titular parade so yes do not ask whether it makes sense that two lonesome dudes pave an important road in the middle of nowhere within such a short period of time Eggers is not here to write in the realm of realism This is a fable Will the connection be made And where will the road lead Does it built by the West even stand for progress Four and Nine represent different attitudes Westerners might show towards such potentially dangerous places they do not fully understand Four is cautious always adheres to the rules and regulations trying to ignore the surroundings and fully concentrating on his task without really connecting his deeds with the world around him Nine on the other hand acts like he is on an adventure marvelling at the locals and their customs while being fully aware that he will be able to leave behind the poverty they are subjected to Of course both attitudes are uestionable in their own way is this particularly subtle storytelling Hell no But it s not like Eggers doesn t have a point and aren t there many backpacking tourists stumbling through Asia and Africa with an outlook similar to that of Nine Eggers story hints at the Gordian knot that foreign aid can be the mistakes of the West but also the price those pay who enter with the best intentions and find themselves facing a reality of violence and corruption so overwhelming they themselves start to feel helpless The ending of this book is unbelievably grim but very fitting for what Eggers is trying to do hereSo this is not a very layered or filigrane book but this small text tells a compelling story and packs a punch From the outside being a foreign aid worker be it as a doctor an engineer or a craftsman often seems like a heroic and fulfilling job but whoever really looked at what this can mean for the individual or in how many ways such missions can fail will realize that this is one of the toughest most merciless professions around Eggers writes about just thatNow also available in German Die Parade if you want to learn about the book you can listen to the latest episode of our podcast in German


10 thoughts on “The Parade

  1. says:

    Paving the Road to HellWhat is the authentic measure of a human being his commitments to an important goal; or his responses to unforeseen circumstances? Commitments are professional; responses are personal Commitments are often contractual; responses are usually not obligatory especially when they may reuire criminality as well as ingenuityThe uestion becomes even intriguing when the people involved do not know each other not even by nam

  2. says:

    Four a man aspiring to be an automaton and assigned co worker Nine pave a road across a war devastated countryside Nine is of a plant

  3. says:

    What are we to make of his slight new novel “The Parade” a tale of Western assistance in the developing world?The story

  4. says:

    In an unamed countryrecovery from the civil war marred with corruption and burdened by a new lawless governmenttwo men named Four and Nine security company pseudonyms are on a 12 day assignment to repair a road before a p

  5. says:

    Two probably American contractors have to pave a new road across the blighted war torn landscape of a Third World shithole probably in Africa so the new regime can have a parade on it A novel about road paving And it’s as exciting to read as it sounds I like Dave Eggers but his books set in Africathe Middle E

  6. says:

    Don't you see? It's like a parade before the real parade This is one of hope A procession of longingDave Eggers

  7. says:

    “Excellent” the man said walking briskly and suinting into the distance “With a road like this now it is possible to make plans”Dave Eggers is a writer of the modern moral parable Yet often his moralizing can be somewhat simplistic or o

  8. says:

    This novella offers an allegorical take on Western assistance in developing nations Two contract workers only referred to as Four and Nine are sent to an unnamed country marred by civil war in order to complete a strategically important road hoping their project would help connect people and enable locals and NGOs to transport important goods like food and medicine Once they finish their 12 day assignment there are are p

  9. says:

    A modern fable of a road turns into a thoughtful read on colonialism and exploitationEggers is a bit of a hit or miss author for me; I loved the Circle but hated a Hologram for the King This book falls a bit in between but o

  10. says:

    There are some books that are slow to begin with but which deliver later and others that promise much but fall away in the denouement I would say that “The Parade” falls into the latter category The story centres around two Westerners employed to construct a road in a developing country I thought of the two main characters as Am

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