Published by Crown Publishing Group, Hogarth on February 17th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Literary, Satire
Paperback provided by Blogging for Books
Funny, clever, surreal, and thought-provoking, this Kafkaesque masterpiece introduces the unforgettable Bjorn, an exceptionally meticulous office worker striving to live life on his own terms.
Bjorn is a compulsive, meticulous 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 co-workers 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 co-workers to try and have him fired, but Bjorn will turn the tables on them with help from his secret room.
Debut 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.
This was a quick, interesting read. The Room is a short story and I could have read this in one sitting. The book gripped me right away with it’s creepy protagonist.
Basically this book is about a man named Bjorn. Bjorn really wants to get ahead at work. The beginning of this story finds him being transferred due to difficulties with others in the workplace. He can’t be bothered to imagine why. This lateral move means he works in the middle of an office without even a screen between him and his co-workers. Bjorn finds a room in his office that no one else will admit exists and it creates an uproar among his co-workers. He knows what he sees and refuses to back down. Bjorn flips the switch on all of them and they have no idea what he is capable of.
Is he crazy? He must be delusional. Maybe this is what crazy looks like to crazy people. But what if he isn’t? What if this was just a big conspiracy? This was a great spin on what it means to be different, and not know you are different. Without giving too much away, the room is not the focus of this story. Bjorn and his views of others, his ability to deal with awkward situations, and his ideas about the room make this story. It is something I won’t soon forget. This was a really quick read that was not so easy to digest. I can see why this wasn’t a book for everyone, but it was very entertaining to me.
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