Review: The Circus by Jonas Karlsson

Genre: Fiction

Released: January 28th, 2020

Page count: 192 pages

Summary: When the narrator of The Circus goes to the circus with his friend Magnus, Magnus disappears after volunteering for a magic trick. While trying to figure out what happened to Magnus, strange things begin happening.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Review: Okay, I’m going to be honest. I requested this one on Netgalley because it said in the blurb, and on the cover, that this book was ‘by the author of The Room’ and it was late at night and I thought it was Emma Donoghue, who wrote Room, which is a very good book. When I went to read it, I realized I was wrong and it was by Jonas Karlsson. I hadn’t read anything by him before, and so I was a little nervous about taking a chance on it. But it was so good!

If you’ve spent some time on my blog, you probably know my love for Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata – a quirky book about a misfit. This reminded me so much of that book! It was so different, and such a breezy read. It really drew me in. Both books feel almost like fever dreams, even though nothing too out of the ordinary happens. Just that feeling that things are surreal. It’s hard to explain! Just, if you’re into quirky books, read this. You won’t regret it.

There’s a ton of music references in it that music lovers are sure to delight in, too. Most of the music wasn’t my type of music, but I’m sure there’s plenty of people out there who would think the references are amazing. And if you’re like me, and barely know any music, they don’t take anything away from the story.

I recommend this for anyone who’s looking for a new read, or loves music. Bonus points if you like circuses.

2 thoughts on “Review: The Circus by Jonas Karlsson”

  1. i read one book by jonas karlsson a long time ago and totally loved it!!! will have to check this one out. great review! ❤


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