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.
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©2010 Emma Donoghue (P)2010 Hachette Audio
"Powerful.... Seen entirely through Jack's eyes and childlike perceptions, the developments in this novel--there are enough plot twists to provide a dramatic arc of breathtaking suspense--are astonishing.... Donoghue brilliantly portrays the psyche of a child raised in captivity...will keep readers rapt." (Publishers Weekly)
"Emma Donoghue's writing is superb alchemy, changing innocence into horror and horror into tenderness. Room is a book to read in one sitting. When it's over you look up: the world looks the same but you are somehow different and that feeling lingers for days." (Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry)
"This is a truly memorable novel, one that can be read through myriad lenses - psychological, sociological, political. It presents an utterly unique way to talk about love, all the while giving us a fresh, expansive eye on the world in which we live." (The New York Times Book Review)
Thoroughly enjoyed the story and the narrators - although the second male voice did not differ much for the different male roles- but not important when considering the primary narrator is the voice of a 5 year old. The subject matter of a woman held captive at first made me hesitate to download this book, but after reading it - the life she creates for her son is the story - not the captivity. That part is very well handled in the book- yes creepy and chilling for the reader but wonderfully obscured for the narrator. Great job. Looking forward to other novels by Emma Donoghue.
I have had to step back and let this review settle inside myself, I have had to give it some thought. Wow. I hesitated to even read a book about such a topic.
Emma Donoghue handled this so well and with such genuine and creative love. I do not know how anybody can write like that.
Ok. This is a very haunting story that will allow anybody, here on earth to realize that we all live and love in a very small place ... it is all we know. I highly recommend this book.
When I read the description of this book, I expected it to be very depressing, but it's not - it's surprisingly hopeful. That's because it's told from the point of view of the 5-year-old boy in the story and he doesn't understand that he is supposed to be sad. I really liked this book, which I would describe as a modern day parallel to Plato's cave allegory. The book really made me think and I believe the author did an excellent job of imagining what it would be like for a child to have no frame of reference outside one tiny room. For the record, I can understand the readers that disliked the narrator's take on a child's voice, but I personally kind of liked it.
I listened to the first five minutes and had to shut my ipod off - the quasi-child narration was more than I could handle. I went back later, however, and listened to the complete story. Overall, a very interesting story with a unique presentation, but not one I would recommend as an audiobook, and particularly if you are one who is not used to (or simply doesn't like!) listening to children speak.
At least for me I had to get a little over an hour into the book to get drawn in to the point of no return. It is a lovely book, the first I have listened to with various readers. I highly recommend you listen to it.
While it does take a bit to get used to the Jack's voice as the narrator (the child), I don't think it would have come across as it did with 'Ma' telling the story. I enjoyed the book, although as a mother I doubt that I could have done what she did, but then again thank God I have never been in that type of situation. Very good listen. I had a hard time putting it down.
This book has a very interesting premise -- a complicated story is told by a 5-year-old boy who has only limited understanding of what is going on around him. He might be talking about cartoons and a comment slips in that gives the reader an inkling of the plot. Unfortunately, the plot ends about halfway through the book and from there on it is hours of tedious baby-talk. Too bad. This could have been a great book.
As I started listening to this story, I was put off a little by the voice of the 5-year-old boy being the main narrator. But, the more I listened, the more I got involved in the story and didn't mind the high pitched voice. I did find that the voices for some of the other characters were too similar and this bothered me somewhat. The story did keep me hooked but I found that there were certain sections that went on too long and other areas that could have used a bit more development. Because of the content of the story, I do not recommend this book for the weak hearted or someone looking for a feel good read/listen.
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