Study Guide

A Hologram for the King Chapter 8

By Dave Eggers

Chapter 8

  • Alan ponders the meaning of life, and of why he's found himself in the middle of desert.
  • He goes back to Charlie Fallon's bizarre suicide, witnessed by everyone yet somehow unpreventable. Alan recalls the police saying that they couldn't do better because of budget cuts.
  • Alan and Brad continue to try to figure out the wi-fi issue, but the desert heat is so intense that Alan can't bear to go walking around to check infrastructure.
  • He learns from Brad that their contact is called Karim, and he should be somewhere in the "Black Box" (a.k.a. the Welcome Center).
  • Alan will attempt to find him once he recovers from his bout of near-heatstroke.