Book Review: The Invoice by Jonas Karlsson

Thw Invoice book cover

Genre: Fiction (contemporary)

Synopsis: A passionate film buff, our hero’s life revolves around his part-time job at a video store, the company of a few precious friends, and a daily routine that more often than not concludes with pizza and movie in his treasured small space in Stockholm. When he receives an astronomical invoice from a random national bureaucratic agency, everything will tumble into madness as he calls the hotline night and day to find out why he is the recipient of the largest bill in the entire country.

What is the price of a cherished memory? How much would you pay for a beautiful summer day? How will our carefree idealist, who is content with so little and has no chance of paying it back, find a way out of this mess? All these questions pull you through The Invoice and prove once again that Jonas Karlsson is simply a master of entertaining, intelligent, and life-affirming work.

Rating: 3/5 stars

Review: The book is narrated by the main character who lived a simple life and did pretty much the same thing everyday, but that changed when he received an invoice containing a shockingly huge amount of debt he owes from a company he never heard of before. Throughout the book, the main character embarks on a journey of finding answers to his questions, asking for clarifications, meeting new people, realizing certain things in the way he led his life and learning more about the new system and life itself. It’s easy to read but it isn’t boring. Feelings of wonder and confusion arises in knowing the reason why he has a huge amount to pay. Seeking for answers will keep you reading the book and accompany the character in his journey.

Like the very confused character, I also became one from the start until the end. The book is rich in intense dialogue and has a very unusual plot. Like life, this book has a mystery of its own. It will leave the readers amused and confused and will raise questions which mostly is better left unanswered.

Some may be disappointed like me after reading it but an open mind will help in letting you leave the story as it is. Being aware, living in the moment, appreciating what we have and making most of the opportunities presented to us are the things I picked from the story. Confusing and thought-provoking, I both like and don’t like it. A little reminder to those who haven’t read the book yet but is interested to do so, have an open mind and do not expect anything.

Published on: July 12, 2016
Published by: Hogarth
ISBN: 978-1-101-90514-2
Pages: 218
Format: ebook

Source: Blogging for Books

Read more on: Goodreads

*I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

*Synopsis and image from Goodreads.


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