Monday, August 1, 2011

Room - Emma Donoghue

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It’s where he was born and where he and his Ma eat and play and learn. At night, Ma puts him safely to sleep in the wardrobe, in case Old Nick comes.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it’s the prison where Old Nick has kept her for seven years, since she was nineteen. Through ingenuity and determination, Ma has created a life for herself and her son, but she knows it’s not enough for either of them. Jack’s curiosity is building alongside Ma’s desperation -- and Room can’t contain either of them for much longer...

Told entirely in the inventive, often funny voice of Jack, Room is a celebration of the resilient bond between parent and child, and a brilliantly executed novel about a journey from one world to another.


Room was seriously an amazing book. I don't even know what to say about it outside of that. It's told in the the voice of the little five year old, Jack, and was written mostly in the kind of broken grammar that a kid would use.

I got upset, laughed, got scared all in one in this book. I honestly can't rmember the last time I felt genuine fear for a fictional person. Ha! I don't know if it's just when it's a child character that you start to feel more for them, but Jack was able to bring out all those emotions.

Again, it was a great read. Emma Donoghue did an excellent job on building these characters and conveying their emotion. It's a must read.

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