Thursday, 22 September 2011

Room - Emma Donoghue

Goodreads Summary: To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.
Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, ROOM is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

Why I Read This Book: This has been on my TBR list since I heard about it, but something else always got picked up instead. The receptionist at my work is a big reader as well, and we often compare book stuff and she had just finished reading this one, and she lent it to me. So, with the book actually in hand, it became my next book to read!

Review: I had a really hard time getting into this book because of the fact it was told from Jack's perspective. I had to reread sentences because they didn't make sense. But that is the only thing I didn't like about the book. The story was moving, and believable (while being totally unbelievable at the same time!) The mother's determination to raise Jack is beautiful. For what he lacks in socialization he makes up for in sheer brilliance. This is a great read, I just found the perspective difficult sometimes.


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