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Room: Picador Classic [Kindle Edition]

Emma Donoghue
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With an introduction by John Boyne

Today I'm five. I was four last night going to sleep in Wardrobe, but when I wake up in Bed in the dark I'm changed to five, abracadabra.

Jack lives with his Ma in Room. Room has a single locked door and a skylight, and it measures ten feet by ten feet. Jack loves watching TV but he knows that nothing he sees on the screen is truly real - only him, Ma and the things in Room. Until the day Ma admits there is a world outside.

Devastating yet uplifting, Room by Emma Donoghue is a luminous portrait of a boundless maternal love. It has sold more than two million copies, was a number one bestseller and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange prizes. Few books have reached modern classic status so swiftly.

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"'Room is a book to read in one sitting. When it's over you look up: the world looks the same but you are somehow different and that feeling lingers for days' Audrey Niffenegger 'One of the most profoundly affecting books I've read in a long time' John Boyne 'Such incredible imagination, and dazzling use of language... Room is unlike anything I've ever read before' Anita Shreve 'Room is that rarest of entities, an entirely original work of art. I mean it as the highest possible praise when I tell you that I can't compare it to any other book. Suffice to say that it's potent, darkly beautiful, and revelatory' Michael Cunningham"


"Only a handful of authors have ever known how to get inside the mind of a child and then get what they know on paper. Henry James, Mark Twain, William Faulkner, and, more recently, Jean Stafford and Eric Kraft come to mind, and after that one gropes for names. But now they have company. Emma Donoghue's latest novel, "Room", is narrated by a 5-year-old boy so real you could swear he was sitting right beside you.... Room is so beautifully contrived that it never once seems contrived. But be warned: once you enter, you'll be Donoghue's willing prisoner right down to the last page."-- "Newsweek" "Malcolm Jones "

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 507 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Main Market Ed. edition (24 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003X27L9U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,506 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,621 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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117 of 124 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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270 of 287 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This book is tremendous. This is one of those books that you pick up and then everything else in your world just has to take a back seat. There is no way that you're going to put it down when you begin. Donoghue's story is just so compelling.

The story is told through the voice of five year old Jack whose entire world measures 12 x 12 feet. As far as Jack believes, there is absolutely nothing beyond Room, the universe in which he lives. He has friends in room: old toys, the television (Dora is one of his favourite friends) and his "Ma". Room has its own host of landmarks which Jack thinks of in haunting, proper-noun terms: Rug, Wardrobe, Bed, Meltedy Spoon (a[...]) etc.

At first, when readers enter Room and encounter Jack and his Ma, the world is a quiet, innocent place because it is seen through Jack's quiet, innocent eyes. He is inexperienced and knows nothing of the possibilities of outside. Ma nurtures his beliefs and, at the same tame, allows herself to cling to her own desperate sanity.

However, as Jack grows and his mind becomes more curious, the reader is exposed to true horrors which Jack cannot understand. We hear (through the doors of Wardrobe) his mother being raped by the man who has kept her locked in Room for the last seven years; we squirm uncomfortably as the young mother continues to breastfeed her growing boy (he even notes in an offhand fashion which breast is creamiest...eww), but it took me a while to figure out that this was what Jack was talking about.His innocence was transferred even to me! Which made my realisation all the more disturbing.

Jack's father and captor is a Fritzl-esque character who is truly detestable. It is a shame that we can relate real-life tales to the fictional world of Room.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Okay 5 Jan. 2012
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I did Like this book, I must have done as I finished it quite quickly but the style of writing begins to grate on you. Sometimes I just wished to hear a bit of the book from an adult perspective. Most of the book is about the rehabilitation after the mother and son leave 'room', which I didn't expect.
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2.0 out of 5 stars great start..followed by disappointment and boredom
I was really excited to read this and was intrigued at how it would pan out, plus I heard so many good reviews. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. Totally different twist on things. Would recommend
Published 4 days ago by Claire
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
A must read. Was totally taken by this book and its chstacters, a very sad tale but triumph in the end.
Published 4 days ago by miss l h fisk
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
At first the book feels a bit slow but then you are drawn into the life of jack and his mum, and want to read on
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive
Could not put this book down,brilliant ,and sad .
Brilliantly written .
it was so cleverly written, the characters so real loved this book ,can't wait to read another... Read more
Published 5 days ago by G. J. Handley
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written
Excellent book though subject was disturbing.
Published 5 days ago by Jacqui
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a gift
Published 11 days ago by Mrs. Eileen Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I liked the way the perspective of the child was the focus. Conveyed a good sense of emotions. Good read.
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Very slow. Didn't hold interest
Published 13 days ago by Chris Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read as it is written in the voice ...
Easy to read as it is written in the voice of the 5 year old, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Published 18 days ago by miss m lawlor
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