Thursday, 15 September 2011

Room - Emma Donoghue (2010)

For starters, the honest-to-God reason I bought this was because the author has the same first name as me. I was in a rush and it seemed like a better reason than a superior cover design. This book was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize which is a pretty huge deal. It's written through the perspective of a five-year-old boy. It is brilliantly written and a compelling story that I read the whole thing in one sitting.

I love this book. It's the best book I've read all year. You'd think that the child narrating would get really tedious, but all it does is pull you into the story even further.

Room is the story of five-year-old Jack who has spent his life living in Room. All he knows is what is inside it. Ma starts telling him of the outside world and tells him they have to escape. Ma was kidnapped at 19 and has been kept in Room ever since. She gets Jack to play dead inside Rug, and when 'Old Nick' takes him in his ute, he jumps out at the first opportunity. He gets to the police eventually and frees Ma. The pair are free, but the world is very overwhelming for Jack. He has to learn to wear shoes, to sleep by himself and be weaned. His mother tries to commit suicide and then his Grandma takes him in while she is recovering. Jack begins to learn to interact his life like a normal child and is later reunited with his mother.

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