Hilarious, profound, and achingly true-to-life, Jonas Karlsson’s new 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.
Rating: 4.5 stars
The Invoice by Jonas Karlsson is an intriguing read from the beginning to end. Here, I got to meet a character who enjoys the simple things in life. Things that make him happy. He soon starts to receive invoices in the mail. But he tosses them out thinking nothing of them…until he receives an invoice that sets him on a journey. This invoice says he owes a huge chunk of money due to his level of happiness. Imagine a day when the world charges, enormously large amounts of money to people based on their levels of happiness.They then supply that money to the less fortunate. I can’t see the rich or middle class letting this kind of world creep upon us all. But the plot was definitely original and entertaining. It also opened up my eyes to the small things that people do not take for granted when they should. I absolutely loved reading, The Invoice. Highly recommend it to all. The Invoice is full of humor. Readers everywhere will love it.