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A book I had to finish,
This review is from: Room (Hardcover)
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Room is an interesting book. It is written from the perspective of a five year old boy, or at least how an adult perceives the perspective of a five year old boy, and took me a little while to get into the style of writing. Occasionally the boy's view becomes more intelligent and inciteful than you'd expect a five year old to be, but that's easily forgiven.
The story is inspired by the recent news stories of girls that have been kidnapped, locked up, raped and had children by their abductors. Room tells the story of the escape and subsequent re-emergence into the world of a mother and child in this situation through the eyes of the child.
On the whole, it works, and it makes you think of what your vision of the world would be like if the only experience of the world was a single room with a small skylight. Jack, the boy, is quite happy in his vision of the world, a vision that his mother, Ma, has taught him so that they can cope with the confinement and in the early chapters the story is quite a pleasant and quirky read.
As the story progresses and the kidnapper makes his presence felt, the reader begins to discover what is going on. Sometimes the story becomes uncomfortable to read.
The last part of the book deals with the escape from "Room" and how Jack and Ma cope with their integration with the outside world. The escape is quiet exciting although the story slows down a bit after that as they undergo therapy. Having said that, there are parts that leave you on edge for the rest of the story as to how they will cope once the "system" has finished with them.
Despite my criticisms, this was a book that I had to finish. It left me thinking about how I'd cope in a similar situation, and I cared about what happened to the characters after the story had ended.