Room by Emma Donoghue
Posted 06 March 2011 - 10:22 PM
'Room' is the story of Jack and his Ma, and where they live, a place called Room, Jack was born there and does not know anything else, his Ma is his whole world and Jack is his Ma's whole world. Ma tries to make things as normal as possible for Jack, he plays with his friends, who are cartoon characters on TV, he learns from his cartoon friends and his Ma and every night he sleeps in Wardrobe waiting for the door to Room to go 'beep beep' and open with the arrival of Old Nick, who Jack has never see up close because his Ma forbids it. Jack's world changes when his Ma tells Jack about 'Outside', what he can see when he looks out of 'Skylight' and Ma's plan to leave 'Room' forever.
What I thought of 'Room' ~
There has been endless positive reviews about 'Room' and I am going to add to them with another positive review, 'Room' is nothing short of brilliance, Emma Donoghue's has created one of the most insightful, whimsical, intelligent and endearing characters in five year old Jack. 'Room' is told from his point of view, everything in his world has order, he understands it, he has his Ma with him and that is all he needs. The character of Jack's Ma is well written, a woman raising her son in the strangest of circumstances, keeping his safe, teaching him as much as she can, her concerns as Jack gets older and what she should do to make sure they both get the lives they deserve, Jack and his Ma' strength as a family unit shines through, they are fiercely protective of each other.
Jack's individual look at the world shines through too, which will make you laugh and cry, you will feel for Jack and Ma, their fight to have normality in their lives is inspirational.
'Room' is well researched and without giving too much away, it explores all aspects of what Ma and Jack go through, you feel for both of them because they do not deserve their past and you feel positive for them for their future.
'Room' is a book that will stay with you, I guarantee Jack and his Ma will be in your thoughts from time to time.
Rating ~ 10/10
Posted 07 March 2011 - 07:43 AM
Posted 09 March 2011 - 08:29 PM
I felt like I was there. I felt sorry for his Ma.
Do you think they might this book in to a film?
Posted 09 March 2011 - 11:28 PM
That said, I would love to see them try, so long as they were true to the story.
Posted 10 March 2011 - 10:35 PM
I actuallly miss Jack.
Posted 16 March 2011 - 01:02 AM
Such a page-turner, I couldn't wait to see what happened to Jack and Ma next. I love the perspective of 5-year old Jack, since an adult perspective on this subject would have been so much more disturbing.
I was sucked in from about page 30, and read it in two sittings. Loved it!
Posted 16 March 2011 - 03:04 AM
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Posted 21 March 2011 - 10:46 PM
Its a book I would definitely recommend reading.
Edited by lovesreading06, 21 March 2011 - 10:47 PM.
Posted 30 March 2011 - 08:23 AM
Posted 21 August 2011 - 10:25 AM
Room is definitely a must read if you have not read it, the subject matter is intense but starkingly real. Which makes it easier to read from a five year old's perspective. I will admit from the start I guessed several things, and I read the extract on Amazon but I worked it out in the end. It was a lovely book and I really enjoyed reading it. Could. Not. Put. It. Down!
ten out of ten for me
Posted 29 August 2011 - 09:52 AM
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Posted 05 September 2011 - 10:32 AM
synopsis from amazon
It's Jack's birthday, and he's excited about turning five. Jack lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures 11 feet by 11 feet. He loves watching TV, and the cartoon characters he calls friends, but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real - only him, Ma and the things in Room. Until the day Ma admits that there's a world outside . . . Told in Jack's voice, Room is the story of a mother and son whose love lets them survive the impossible.
This was a wonderful read, very moving. Everything that is so normal for Jack makes you ache for him as he just doesn't know it differently. The book is written from Jacks point of view and there for a bit childlike. As my english is not that good, I struggled a bit to understand everything at first. But I got into it soon enough and finished the book in a few days, beeing practicaly glued to it.
Posted 06 September 2011 - 06:10 AM
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