Room by Emma Donoghue – reviewed by Nic
It will be released in paperback on June 1, 2011 and is currently available for pre-order.
Published by Little, Brown and Company the print edition is 336 pages.
To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.
Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, ROOM is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.
I don’t like to read the backs of book because I like when it unfolds and I don’t know where it will take me. And it was a great to uncover the storyline little by little.
Room is a wonderful novel that doesn’t let you stop reading. It’s a story of imprisonment. A story of the love between a mother and her son. A story of discovery.
Five-year-old Jack narrates his everyday life with Ma. We hear all about his life in Room and discover things right along with him. They spend every day inside Room. They eat at Table. He sits on Rug. They run on Track around Bed. They watch shows on TV. He sleeps in Wardrobe. They are all his friends – this is all he knows.
As the story goes on – we find that Room is actually a prison. Old Nick has them locked inside a 12×12 soundproofed garden shed. And now that Jack is five years old – he has to know the truth: there is life outside of these walls and Ma wants to be there again. Ma and Jack devise a plan of escape, but Jack has to be “scave” (not only scared – he has to be brave too). It’s up to Jack to get them out of there!
It’s fantastic and a must-read! I can’t wait to discuss it at book club next week! There’s so much to talk about!
Book trailer for Room: