Title: The Room
Author: Jonas Karlsson
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.
Have you ever started a book expecting not to like it? That is exactly how I felt when I received The Room by Jonas Karlsson. I’m not a man and I don’t work in an office environment so I honestly wondered how I would find a connection with beaurocratic Bjorn. What I found was that The Room is so well written and quirky that I honestly really just enjoyed this book. Karlsson writes his story with short (sometimes one to two pages long) chapters and simple concise sentences. I don’t always enjoy this format but it definitely worked for The Room.