Books

21 March 2014

Room by Emma Donoghue

This is a book about a room and the two people who live in the room: Jack and his mother. Although fiction, the idea is based on a true story. It is well-written, and the first half is unbelievably gripping; in fact, I was unable to put it down. I loved the way it is written from the little boy, Jack's, perspective and how the actual situation, and the reality of the room, dawns but slowly on the reader; after all, this is the only world Jack has ever known, and his mother has made sure that it is a safe and happy world (within obvious limitations). The nail-biting tension of the first part works to a climax and is then released, so it is understandable that the second part of the book has to be different. I'm not sure that the second part is as satisfying; perhaps it is not all that necessary; perhaps we do not need things to be 'rounded off'. However, disregarding certain reservations with the second half of the book, I would definitely recommend Room.

 
 The photo of Emma Donoghue is from www.telegraph.co.uk

4 comments:

  1. Thank you Diane for another interesting review :)...

    I read this book not knowing anything about it, which meant that I was literally in the hands of the little boy as he painted the picture of his world and life as he knew it. I think this somehow made the story more 'felt' and the impact more 'real' compared to if I had known what the book was about beforehand. It is well worth reading, though I do agree that there are some questions about the second half...

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  2. Yes, I do agree with you, Annette; not knowing anything about the book in advance does add to the suspense. Because of this, it was very difficult to 'review' the book; I did not want to write too much, but, on the other hand, I needed to give it some kind of form so that prospective readers would have something with which they could relate or, at least, to which they could grab hold.

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  3. Also loved this book- one that stays with you for a long while after reading noodleBubble X

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  4. Thank you, Lisa. I feel that one of the strongest points was that jack was so credible; it was not an adult talking through a child, but it was a child relating in a child's way to everything around him.

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