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Room: A Novel
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Room: A Novel
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.
- Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
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- LITTLE, BROWN & COMPANY
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Insightful and extremely clever book by Emma Donoghue
Room is an interesting read and cleverly written. Told through the eyes of a five year old, readers are given an understanding of the life of mothers and children held captive in a room for many years. This is a story most are familiar with given the recent stories of Jaycee Lee Dugard (held captive in a room for 18 yrs giving birth to two children) and Elibeth Fitzl (held for 24 yrs giving birth to seven children). Room relates most closely to Dugards story. Donoghue cleverly put together this story for the reader giving subtle clues along the way while also raising the many issues faced by these families once they rejoin the "outside" community. One of the aspects I found where Donoghue challenges her readers are situations where empathy for Jack (5 yo) challenges the readers empathy and understanding of his mother's situation. Listed as one of the finalists for the 2010 Booker Prize - this novel well deserved being on the list. Room delivers a worthwhile read with some challenging aspects for the reader.