The Candy House
by Jennifer Egan
Corsair, RRP: £20
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As an undergraduate, the American writer Jennifer Egan dated a young Steve Jobs, who apparently installed an early Macintosh computer in her bedroom. Interviewed recently about her exhilarating, deeply pleasurable new novel, The Candy House, which tackles the end of privacy in the digital age, Egan commented that “it’s always very useful for me to remember that these devices often have a very utopian vision… by the time the technology reaches the consumer, it’s easy to impute a kind of malice or cynicism to the inventors.”
There may—or may not—be an element of Jobs in Bix Bouton, a minor character from Egan’s 2011 novel A Visit From the Goon…
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