Room by Emma Donoghue

Room is million-selling and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2010, so you may have already read it. If you haven’t, it comes highly recommended.

By me. It divided our book group right down the middle. Some of them found the subject matter too disturbing. Others didn’t like the fact that it was written in a child’s voice.

Me, I loved it. Everything about it.

The only clue to what the book is about on the back is : ‘Jack is five. He lives in a single, locked room with his Ma.’ Those words were enough to sell it to me.

It takes you a while to work out exactly what Jack and his Ma are doing in Room. Because Jack doesn’t understand. Room is his world.

I loved Jack’s voice. I always enjoy books written in different voices – the voices of Aibileen and Minnie in The Help were one of the best things about an amazing book.

Jack is not a normal 5 year old. In many ways he is very advanced, in others, he knows nothing. For an author to get inside any 5 year old’s head and express themselves as a 5 year old is genius. To do it for a complex character like Jack is nothing short of incredible.

The book is remarkably easy to read, despite its challenging subject matter. I like to be challenged by a book and, unlike my fellow book group members, didn’t find this TOO challenging. Although an emotional story, it is ultimately uplifting as Jack and his Ma change their lives for the better.

Give it a go! I’m sure you will enjoy it. Others may not be so sure.

Room by Emma Donoghue, Room, Book review


Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Wow , I thought this book was incredible. Upsetting, moving, brilliantly written. They stayed with me for weeks after I had finished reading. Was on of my best reads last year.

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  2. And mine! Probably THE best. I’ve bought it for kids’ teachers for presents and told everyone about how amazing it is. Thanks for commenting 🙂

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