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An Engaging Main Character & Brilliant Dialogue
on 25 June 2017
As an author, myself, I found Emma Donaghue's novel, Room intriguing. It was the choice made by the Book Club I lead and, without exception when we met to discuss it, we agreed that we had thoroughly enjoyed the book! Nevertheless, at least two of us admitted to having reached a point when we'd seriously wondered where the book was going, and nearly gave up reading. Fortunately, we were saved in the nick of time by a plot development and a change in tempo.
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.