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Room Donoghue, Emma ( Author ) Jun-18-2011 Compact Disc [CD-ROM]

Emma Donoghue
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  • Publisher: Hachette Audio (18 Jun 2011)
  • ASIN: B0054I98P6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,317 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,530,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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102 of 107 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Room Conversion 4 April 2011
Being aware of the rather unappealing premise of 'Room', it wasn't a book I wanted to read. Despite the praise heaped upon it, I had expected it to be the sort of voyeuristic account of great suffering that passes as entertainment these days. My book group however, were keen to read it, and so I acquiesced agreeing to give it a try. I have to say my original assumption was well wide of the mark. Right from the beginning it is obvious that this novel is something special.

The story (as you probably already know) is narrated by 'Jack', a five year old, who has only ever lived in 'Room'. Jack's mother has been kidnapped and held for seven years. Jack is the product of her kidnapper's unwanted attentions. Knowing the book had a child narrator had also put me off reading it. I tend to find that books written with a child's voice are normally pretentious and hard to read. Room's Booker prize nomination had done nothing to allay these fears.

Although Jack's voice is not entirely consistent with how I imagine a five-year-olds might be, it is the making of the novel. For a start, that something so pure and innocent can come from such bleak circumstances, makes the novel bearable. Secondly, Emma Donaghue uses Jack's over-simplified understanding of the world almost without fault. She uses the space between reality and Jack's view of reality to convey events in a much more powerful way than writing about them directly. The whole novel is the ultimate example of 'showing' rather than 'telling'.

It is curious that the most exciting point of the novel is about halfway through. Though I feel novel's the gradual relaxation of tension is entirely justified (mirroring, Jack's return to something like a normal life), it does make the last half of the novel feel over long.
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263 of 280 people found the following review helpful
By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is a book I hadn't heard much about prior to picking it up (I try to avoid too overly-hyped novels), but I'm so glad that I gave this a chance. There's not a lot I can add to all the previous reviews and comments that hasn't already been said, other than to afirm that this is a bloody good read.

Told from the point of view of five year old Jack, the novel sees him and his mother living in `Room,' a place the child has never left in his whole life. Unbeknownst to him however, that is because he and his mother are both prisoners and this little boy's world is about to be turned entirely upside down...

I am in awe at the authors ability to consistently maintain the voice of a child in telling this story; granted an incredibly *smart* child, but a child nonetheless. This is what for me made this book so fascinating, because Jack is such a memorable narrator. Also, the relationship between a mother and child who ultimately only have each other was told such in a moving way that for me that was the essence of the novel, despite the sinister plot twists, which were granted, a bit predictable but still very well portrayed.

I adored this book and couldn't put it down. The storyline is compelling, despite the sad turns of events, and characters are incredibly skilfully developed and believable. I would urge everyone to read this book- you won't be sorry you did.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written - couldn't put it down 4 Sep 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book. Even a month after finishing it I am thinking about the characters and thinking about how good it was and how beautifully written. Seeing things from the child's point of view and hearing his thoughts reminded me a little of The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night Time, although this book felt emotionally deeper that the Dog in the Night, probably because of the theme of captivity.
Despite that being the theme, it's not gruelling to read at all. At no point did I feel disgusted or disturbed, which I was worried about before I started it and was told it was inspired by the Josef Fritzel case. It IS about a mother and son being held captive, but the captor is given very little description and limited attention is given to him. Apparently Donaghue did that on purpose as she didn't want the book to be about him. She has said the main thing that gave her inspiration from the Fritzel case wasn't the torture or the assault or Fritzel himself; the thing she found fascinating was the idea of a child being born in that room and only knowing that for their whole life, then emerging into a world they've never seen before like an alien landing on earth. That's what comes through in the book and it's really eye-opening. The other overwhelming theme is the bond between a mother and child. That's what I found anyway. It's great - read it.
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240 of 266 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious, intelligent and utterly gripping 18 July 2010
By Roman Clodia TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This is a genuinely original, imaginative and ambitious novel which Donoghue pulls off brilliantly. Written through the voice and perspective of 5 year old Jack, we witness his happy and secure solitary life with his mother in Room. Playing on the tradition of other naive child-narrators (e.g. Pip in Great Expectations, Maisie in What Maisie Knew) we experience his exuberant take on what he naturally assumes is normal, only the sinister implications of their life seep through the edges to unsettle us as readers, revealing a far more menacing reality that he doesn't see.

This isn't a plot driven novel full of twists and turns, instead it is an intelligent and detailed exploration of the way the human mind constructs its own reality. Full of tenderness as well as pain, this celebrates the relationship created by this young mother with her son, and reveals the enormous potential for resilience in the human spirit.

The second half of the book where Jack experiences Outside for the first time is fresh and imaginative, sometimes funny but also agonising as this solemn 5 year old understands for the first time that the world doesn't consist of just him and his mother, and that the rules which they lived by can, and should, be broken.

There are a few small points where Donoghue stumbles (the first TV interview felt very false and forced; some of Jack's naivety towards the end takes on the tinge of adult satire and I felt like it was the author, not the character, talking about how people have too little time to enjoy their lives).

But these are small niggles in a powerful and overwhelmingly confident narrative. I started this in the afternoon and was literally unable to put the book down till I finished it that night and even after that Jack's voice still haunted me. It's quite rare for me to be really gripped by a contemporary literary novel but this one managed it effortlessly: highly recommended.
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Wow - what a treat. Just a terrific read from start to finish.......just buy it - you won't regret it!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea :(
I really wanted to like this, but I'm afraid it bored me to tears. I didn't find the child's voice convincing and, although I thought the mother was well-portrayed, there was... Read more
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Couldn't put it down, harrowing and uplifting at the same time
Published 5 days ago by Jo Dowle
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting perspective
Five year old Jack has lived inside the same room with his mother his whole life. Narrated by Jack himself, we get a glimpse of what a life of imprisoned might be like. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Hannah Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars About one third through the book I was so sad I didn't know if I...
About one third through the book I was so sad I didn't know if I wanted to keep reading. Having finished it, I now want to start reading it again to really appreciate Jack & Ma's... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down.
A gripping read, all told from the perspective of a little boy who knows nothing of the world around him or what is really going on. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Catpower
4.0 out of 5 stars But I'm very glad I heard that discussion
An intriguing, absorbing story, quite unlike anything I had read before.I heard the book being discussed on a radio show, wasn't at all sure it would be my cup of tea. Read more
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