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Room Paperback – 7 Jan 2011
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Emma Donoghue's writing is superb alchemy, changing innocence into horror and horror into tenderness. 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, author of The Time Traveler's Wife)
Room is one of the most profoundly affecting books I've read in a long time. Jack moved me greatly. His voice, his story, his innocence, his love for Ma combine to create something very unusual and, I think, something very important . . . Room deserves to reach the widest possible audience (John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas)
I've never read a more heart-burstingly, gut wrenchingly compassionate novel . . . As for sweet, bright, funny Jack, I wanted to scoop him up out of the novel and never let him go (Daily Mail)
This is a truly remarkable novel. It presents an utterly unique way to talk about love, all the while giving us a fresh, expansive eye on the world in which we live (New York Times Book Review)
Startlingly original and moving . . . Endearing and as utterly compelling as The Lovely Bones (Scotsman)
This book will break your heart . . . It is the most vivid, radiant and beautiful expression of maternal love I have ever read (Irish Times)
I loved Room. Such incredible imagination, and dazzling use of language. And with all this, an entirely credible, endearing little boy. It's unlike anything I've ever read before (Anita Shreve)
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AN ENGAGING MAIN CHARACTER
Writing from the Point of View of a five year old boy, Jack, the author, Emma Donaghue, shows remarkable observation. An engaging and endearing child, it soon becomes apparent that Jack is either very knowledgeable, or of above average intelligence. With only two characters on page for the first half of the book, you might think that dialogue would be lacking - but you'd be wrong.
WRITING BRILLIANT DIALOGUE
With a narrative that includes Jack's observation of some ants which: "Ma splatted . . . so they wouldn't eat our food. One minute they were alive and the next minute they were dirt," and his reaction: "I cried so my eyes nearly melted off," who could fail to be charmed. Emma Donaghue's perception of a five-year old's thought and speech patterns was excelled only by her writing techniques. In all, a great choice.
The child is so cute and smart, but a five year’s voice can be trying, I yearned for an adult perspective, which eventually came.
However, I would not argue, as some here have done, with how ‘real’ the young boy sounds. To me, this was handled very well, we know children differ, five year olds particularly, there’s no ‘norm’, thankfully, and to expect one is naive.
Over all, I found this a courageous and interesting novel. For fans of psychological novels, I’d suggest reading On the Edge of the Loch first, then this one.
The reviews I'd read for this Richard and Judy recommended book had been gushing. After finishing it I'm left wondering why? Yes it was an ok read, but nothing out of this world. In fact by the middle of the book I confess to beginning to get very bored by it all. Endless descriptions of how Jack and his mum fill their days in confinement, especially narrated by Jack in naive childspeak, are inevitably going to be boring? After all nothing very exciting CAN happen can it! Maybe the length of this first section is a device by Emma Donoghue to emphasise the tedium of solitary confinement then? Anyway, thank goodness for a bit of excitement in the middle of the book when Plan B to escape from Room plays out. I was on the edge of my seat and was rooting for Jack all the way, so Donoghue must have done something right in filling out her characters and making the reader empathise with them.
Unfortunately after escaping, the book dulls down again. There isn't enough made of Jack's wonder at the outside world. There is also much of interest missing from this book, because Donoghue chose to narrate the story through Jack. As adult readers we might be more interested in the mother's point of view? What was it like to suddenly lose freedom having once had it? What effect does repeated rape have on you? What causes someone to attempt suicide after escaping such trauma? All of these questions have to remain unanswered for us here, because Jack, being a child who has only known confinement, has no insight into these things. For this reason maybe a dual viewpoint narration might have been more successful.
The main plot is based around a young boy Jack, who is the child of a kidnap victim. Jack has lived in his entire life in the small shed where the kidnapper keeps his Mother and himself. "Room" is his world, and he has no comprehension of anything that exists outside of "Room". Slowly but surely he starts to gain a basic awareness of life outside of "Room", and as the story unravels, he finds himself having to learn to function in the wider world.
One of the reasons for the success of the book is the voice of the storyteller that Donoghue has managed to capture.
Jack has the eloquence of someone much older than his 5 years, but due to his predicament, the naivety of a newborn. He's incredibly cute (in both senses of the word), but at times, bratty and annoying. The characterisation of Jack in particular highlights how confused and upside-down this little boy's world is.
I will definitely be looking out for more novels by this author.