08 October 2016

The Invoice by Jonas Karlsson

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Hilarious, profound, and achingly true-to-life, Jonas Karlsson’s novel explores the true nature of happiness through the eyes of hero you won’t soon forget.

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.

The Invoice is a splendid little book. With a seemingly unremarkable hero, author Jonas Karlsson explores happiness, contentment, and the value of life’s truly important things.

The plot is simple, as the nameless hero receives an astoundingly expensive invoice for his life experience—and then bumbles his way into making even more expensive. I found it to be charming in its simplicity and thought-provoking in its premise, and though it’s a quick read, I have a feeling I’ll be thinking about this book for quite a while.

I really enjoyed reading The Invoice, and I want to recommend it. I know it’s not the book for every reader, but it could be the perfect choice for one who enjoys contemporary fiction without much action and has a propensity for reflection.

Thanks to Blogging for Books, I received a copy of The Invoice and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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