Thursday, January 3, 2013

Book Review: Room

Title Room

Author Emma Donoghue

Release Date September 13, 2010

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.

Room is told entirely from the point-of-view of a five-year-old. The writing is unlike anything else I've read before and I'm still unsure if that's a good thing or not. The narration takes a while to get used to and, even by the end of the book, I still wasn't thrilled about it. I must say that I felt Jack was done very well. Jack seems like other five-year-old boys that I know. He's naive, selfish, and slightly annoying. While all of these things might sound bad, when in context, they aren't. He's a child and, even given his circumstances, he's a lot like a child should be. Emma Donoghue did a really great job at making Jack come to life and made an excellent choice in having him narrate the story. I believe it's much more powerful through his eyes as opposed to his Ma's.

A few things that I didn't enjoy:

Overall, this book is difficult for me to review. I've read many reviews where people say you'll either love it or hate it and that's just not true in my case. I definitely didn't love Room, but I didn't hate it, either. I can't really recommend or not recommend it to anyone.


3.5 out of 5 stars

1 comment:

  1. I quite liked this one, but I agree with you: the breast feeding parts were gross! I understand why she did it though, as his diet wasn't that nutritious. I just wish we didn't have to hear about it.


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