Everyone grows at a different pace.
–Jam Pascual, Coming of Age, No Filter
City and non-city giving you a new set of lenses and what everyone needs every now and then-a fresh perspective.
–Toff de Venecia, Catch-22, No Filter
“It’s time we woke up,” pursued Gerald, still inwardly urged to unfamiliar speech. “Women are prety much people, seems to me. I know they dress like fools-but who’s to blame for that? We invent all those idiotic hats of theirs, and design their crazy fashions, and, what’s more, if a woman is courageous enough to wear common-sense clothes-and shoes-which of us wants to dance with her?
“Yes, we blame them for grafting on us, but are we willing to let our wives work? We are not. It hurts our pride, that’s all. We are always criticizing them for making mercenary marriages, but what do we call a girl who marries a chump with no money? Just a poor fool, that’s all. And they know it.
“As for Mother Eve-I wasn’t there and can’t deny the story, but I will say this. if she brought evil into the world, we men have the lion’s share of keeping it going ever since-how about that?”
-from If I Were A Man, The Yellow Paper and Other Stories
I think sometimes that if I were only well enough to write a little it would relieve the press of ideas and rest me.
But I find I get pretty tired when I try.
-Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper
It does not do to trust people too much.
–Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper
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.