I finished The Invoice by Jonas Karlsson about a week ago and I’m still struggling to put into words how much I loved this book. Set in Stockholm, Sweden, this novel is about a man who adheres to the same routine daily. He works part-time at local video show and spends his spare time either alone or in the company of his few close friends. This all changes when he receives an invoice from a national bureaucratic agency that is requesting him to pay for a lifetime’s worth of “experienced happiness.”
Everything about this book is simply perfect. The main character, who remains nameless throughout the novel, is so ordinary that it is impossible not to relate to him and root for him. Through his rather uneventful life, Karlsson expertly illustrates the idea that even the people who seem to have it all in terms of life experiences or opportunities can still struggle to find their place in the world and live life to the fullest.
Furthermore, the concept of having to convert each of life’s little moments into a monetary value is incredibly thought provoking. This idea that an upbringing without a struggles and a generally positive outlook on life led the main character to receive on of the highest invoices for his experienced happiness encourages the reader to reflect introspectively on the pricelessness of their own experiences.
Ultimately, I’m absolutely enamored with this book. I apologize if this isn’t much of a review because I really struggled to find a way to describe the ways in which this story spoke to my soul. To put it quite simply, everyone should read this book (and proceed to hug their loved ones a little tighter.)
5 out of 5 stars
**I received this book as part of the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review**