Room




GoodReads Summary:
To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. . . . It's where he was born, it's where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. 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's the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack's curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.

Room is a tale at once shocking, riveting, exhilarating--a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child.


So I just finished reading Emma Donoghue's Room, and to be honest I have no idea what to say exactly about it.
I've picked this book up off the self so many times but put it back because the summary didn't really sound that appealing to me. I didn't know what to think of it really, but I just saw this book EVERYWHERE.
I saw that one of my GoodReads friends ( also a real-life friend- yes I have those) had read it, and I thought it might be a nice change of pace from all the young adult books I've gotten myself into these days. Well. It was a change alright, but I don't think I'd quite call it a nice one.
This story is very dark. It is told through five-year-old Jack's point of view. This may seem like a neat writing spin on a novel however listening to a five year old ( or more likely a middle-aged woman writing as a five year old) for 321 pages isn't easy. In fact, it made this book even more dark and twisted for me. I totally think Donoghue achieved the shock, horror, and beauty that was the Room and it easy to see why this book is #1 on many lists. I absolutely hated the story, but the book was definitely something different and very well done in my opinion. I felt like Jack and his Ma acted very much like anyone would in their situation, even though I was wincing at a lot of parts.
I especially didn't like the whole 'tooth' parts, even though the tooth was metaphorically telling the story itself.
This book rubbed me the wrong way, which It was supposed to. I deserves and very well should get a 5/5. But for the subject matter I can only deal out a 3.
I'm glad I read this this book and Im happy im finished reading it.

2 comments:

  • Lan | October 25, 2011 at 12:53 AM

    I really want to know what this one is about now. Although I can already tell that it's a book I probably won't actually enjoy. It still amazes me how some writers can come up with such thought provoking stories.

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