THE ROOM by Jonas Karlsson

9780804139984Hovering around the New In section of Bow Ideas Store, I had a quick glance at the stand and I saw this. The kooky cover drew me in. It looked suitably Beckettian which is always intriguing.

The author Jonas Karlsson is a Swedish actor, apparently. Generally, I’m drawn to books written by actors. Why? Put simply, nobody knows character quite as well as an actor.

The Room is about a man who lands a job for The Authority, but the job is beneath him and to escape the daily grind he retreats into a room, the problem being nobody else in the office can see it.

I did enjoy this. I felt deeply inside the narrator’s head and his thoughts became my own. I laughed, I was unsettled and it was so simply but well structured, I was in awe. I couldn’t wait to find out how it would all be resolved.

I’d love to read anything else by him.

*****

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About Suzy Norman Writes

Suzy is a freelance features writer and novelist. Her novel 'Duff' will be published by Patrician Press in 2015. It was also shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize 2014.
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