Book Review : Room by Emma Donoghue

7937843Title : Room

Author : Emma Donoghue

Publisher : Little, Brown and Company

Release date : September 13th, 2010

Rating : 4.8/5

Synopsis (from Goodreads) :

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.

Review :

You might know this book because it earned a movie adaptation (Brie Larson just won the Leading Actress Oscar for it).

The book was really good. It’s in Jack’s (the child) point of view, and so its innocence is poignant. I repeat, INNOCENCE, among the TRAGEDY HE’S IN. But, he basically doesn’t know that his situation is wrong, and the reader is left feeling so sad but at the same time so happy that he’s oblivious to their misfortune. You grow attached to him, you want to shelter him and keep up the lie about the simple world he lives in. He is attached to his mother, who does her best to keep him safe and comfortable.

Donoghue does a good job of writing the way a child might think, with some grammatical errors here and there, and how he addresses all his furniture by their “name”. Really, it blew my mind how well she did it. The characters themselves are quite likable, despite some (obviously) character issues related to their captivity. However, everything, including the actions of other characters, are understandable. Donoghue seems to know a lot about how the handling of that kind of situation works. All in all, it was the writing and Jack who took my breath away.

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4 thoughts on “Book Review : Room by Emma Donoghue

  1. transhaan says:

    Me and my boyfriend love this book soo much !! Wrote a review about it and completely agree with everything you said:D Jacks perspective of things were so authentic-Trang


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