Thursday, May 12, 2011

Room by Emma Donoghue

Room is a book which is whipping round the King's staff room at the moment.  This story is a powerful and complicated one but on the surface it seems so simple.  It is the story of Jack, who is 5 and his mother who is in her early twenties, they live in Room.  Room is all Jack has ever known because his mother was abducted when she was 19 and has been a prisoner ever since, living in a locked room in the back garden of an ordinary house in an ordinary street in suburban England.  They have no world outside of Room, where they can only see a small slice of daylight through a ceiling window, they have a television but Jack doesn't understand that the things he sees on the television really do exist in a whole world outside of Room.  Room is the world as far as Jack is concerned.

And then, everything changes. 

I really don't want to give away the plot of the book because one of the best things about it is the creeping realisation of what is going to happen.  It is not for the faint hearted, and the story is one that will stay with you for a long time, giving you lots to ponder over.

1 comment:

  1. The story? Amazing. We've all heard similar stories on the news, but the fact that THIS story was told by the child puts it into a whole other ballpark. Some reviewers have complained it's not "good" story-telling, but I couldn't disagree more. Jack is an incredible narrator, sometimes obnoxious, sometimes unclear, but that's what you get when a 5-year old tells a story. Donoghue finds ways to clarify details through the mother, and she does it so well and creatively.
    Honestly, it's been such a long time since I read a book this incredible.


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