Title: The Room
Published: 17th February 2015
Author: Jonas Karlsson
Funny, clever, surreal, and thought-provoking, this Kafka-esque masterpiece introduces the unforgettable Bjorn, an exceptionally meticulous office worker striving to live life on his own terms.
Bjorn is a compulsive, exacting bureaucrat who discovers a secret room at the government office where he works–a secret room that no one else in his office will acknowledge. When Bjorn is in his room, what his coworkers see is him standing by the wall and staring off into space looking dazed, relaxed, and decidedly creepy. Bjorn’s bizarre behavior eventually leads his coworkers to try to have him fired, but Bjorn will turn the tables on them with help from his secret room. Author Jonas Karlsson doesn’t leave a word out of place in this brilliant, bizarre, delightful take on how far we will go–in a world ruled by conformity–to live an individual and examined life.
Another book to mark off my 2015 Reading Challenge – A Book that was originally written in a different language.
Witty, interesting read, with a few things quirky!
I wanted to read something completely different to my usually subject matter (which is usually either paranormal, romance or historical), something completely unique and a bit quirky. Well this book is definitely that, and then some! At quite a few times throughout you are going to be thinking to yourself ‘What the!’ with how the story unfolds. You seem to either want to believe that Bjorn is the ‘normal’ one and everyone else it a bit off or the other way around – the choice is yours.
My first impressions of Bjorn are that he has a bit of a complex mind with how he view’s the world around him. He is a very determined person who view’s himself as a leader and that’s where he wants to get to within his job. He likes to solve problems and seems to have a high IQ but doesn’t know how to handle the everyday world around him, especially the people in it. He needs things to be in a certain order, everything has its place and he wants to feel that he is in a safe environment where he can just sit still and ‘be’. The heart of this story is about feeling isolated, whether it is from your work colleagues or in life in general. I think that everyone can relate to feeling that way about something or sometime in his or her own life. Feeling apart from the world you live in and needing somewhere to escape to. This is what Bjorn finds with ‘the room’. The way he seems to collect himself back together after being in there and the way he views himself as a strong confident handsome person while looking in the mirror in the room is a way to motivate himself to go back into the ‘real’ world. I feel that the room represents Bjorn’s own mind. When he goes in there he can think things through without the outside worlds distractions. The only thing is that he really can’t seem to understand why he is the only person who can accept that the room is there. He will continue to believe in the room no matter what anyone else says. I won’t go into too much more detail about what happens with the rest of the story but I found it a very interesting and amusing read. So check it out today.
Rating: 4 out of 5
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.