Read The Room Online Free - Funny, clever, surreal, and thought-provoking, this Kafka-esque masterpiece introduces the unforgettable Bjorn, an exceptionally meticulous office worker striving to live life on his own terms.
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.
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November 21, 2014
Review originally published at Learn This Phrase.
This is the story of Björn, the newest employee of 'the Authority' - an organisation which, as mysterious as it sounds, resembles the sort of very ordinary office found all over the world. Convinced of his own superiority to his co-workers, Björn i...
January 20, 2015
Thanks to Goodreads and Crown Publishing for the advance review copy. I may be the #1 fan of Hogarth, the imprint of Crown Publishing that will be releasing this book in the U.S. in February.
I was somewhat skeptical of this based on the synopsis. First, it’s written by an actor, Jonas Karlsson. I...
June 19, 2016
Kafkaesker Albtraum im Großraumbüro
Björn ist anders. Er ist nicht immer sympathisch, trägt autistische Züge in sich. Seine hohe Intelligenz und die Unfähigkeit zur Kontaktaufnahme, machen ihn schnell zum Außenseiter. Er ist ungeheuer kontrolliert und strukturiert und versucht, auch seine Kollegen...
January 27, 2015
The Room is absolutely brilliant. An original and delightfully, peculiar short story that will appeal to people with a warped sense of humour, as nothing really specular happens. It’s a keen observation of office workers in a typical open plan office environment, set in dead of winter in Stockhol...
October 08, 2014
This short sharply written novel features Bjorn, an office worked trying to live and work on his own terms. He finds a room, in this room he feels stronger, cleverer and he can't figure out why know one uses the room. The trouble is everyone else believes the room does not exist and that he is me...
October 27, 2014
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March 03, 2015
Opens: The first time I walked into the room I turned back almost at once
THE ROOM is narrated by Bjorn as he starts a new job after leaving his previous position in slightly murky circumstances. Whatever the implied reason for his change in job circumstances he sees it as a step up the promotion...
December 18, 2015
Meet Bjorn - a legend in his own mind with a superiority complex that is off the charts and who considers himself management material through and through. He is profoundly inept socially, obtuse, odd, off-putting, awkward, and downright creepy. You know, one of those people who keeps tabs on ever...
February 13, 2015
And suddenly I realized the difference between me and my colleagues. I was ahead of them the whole time. By about two weeks. It took them numerous attempts to understand what I could see at the first go. Was it the same thing with the room? Would they stand there one day and discover what I had t...
May 30, 2016
I can't really say that I didn't like this short novel--it's well-written at the sentence level, it moves quickly, and it kept me entertained and even made me laugh out loud a few times. Ultimately, though, it just didn't work for me. The protagonist, Bjorn, is your classic unreliable narrator--w...