Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Room by Emma Donoghue


Author: Emma Donoghue
Genre: General Fiction

When I heard about Room I couldn't help but wonder if the book was in any way inspired by true events that happened in Vienna sometime back. Whether or not inspired by true events, this book has been receiving many positive reviews and was longlisted for the Booker prize and recently won the Hughes Novel of the Year Award which it rightly deserves.

In this amazing novel, the world of 5 year old Jack is limited to a 11-by-11 foot room in which his mother is being held against her will. Jack provides an amazing story of his experience living in a small windowless room. Through his narration, Jack details how his young mother survives being captive for seven years and her efforts in making things as normal as possible for her son with the limited resources available.

Jack's voice gives the story warmth and provides a unique, innocent perspective of the horror his mother experiences as a captive. The storyline and the characters captured my attention and got me hooked from the first page. I could not put this book down till the end.

I have much respect for Jack's mother in this book. Her strength and her ingenuity in making things as normal as possible for her son in the prison they call Room is admirable. Room also highlights the strength and goodness that would come from a strong mother and son relationship in such harrowing circumstances.

Room is a definite MUST READ. 

6 comments:

-ROCKprincess- said...

yup...
definitely going into my wishlist...
huhu...

Aik said...

Wow! This book sounds so interesting! Thanks for the great review!

Aik @ The Bookaholics

Shy said...

I bought this book the other day without knowing anything about it. Reading your review makes me feel really glad that I grabbed it! Definitely going on top of my TBR list now. Sounds really amazing =)

carolsnotebook said...

I'll be reading this one in the next month or two. I don't know if I really want to though. It sounds tough, but one of my reading groups voted on it.

lolliepop said...

i've read this a few months ago!!absolutely amazing..and yes, his mother got the courage..and i really admire the fact that this book use the five-year-old boy point of view!!

nrulblueyes said...

nice - my bro bought this months ago - only recently it looks tempting to me. This one next in the list.

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