- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (May 18, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316098329
- ISBN-13: 978-0316098328
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4,700 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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
"I loved Room. Such incredible imagination, and dazzling use of language. And with all this, an entirely credible, endearing little boy. It's unlike anything I've ever read before."―Anita Shreve, author of The Pilot's Wife and A Change in Altitude
"Room is that rarest of entities, an entirely original work of art. I mean it as the highest possible praise when I tell you that I can't compare it to any other book. Suffice to say that it's potent, darkly beautiful, and revelatory."―Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours and By Nightfall
"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
"A novel so disturbing that we defy you to stop thinking about it, days later"―Sara Nelson, O Magazine
"A bravura performance."―ELLE
"Only a handful of authors have ever known how to get inside the mind of a child and then get what they know on paper. Henry James, Mark Twain, William Faulkner, and, more recently, Jean Stafford and Eric Kraft come to mind, and after that one gropes for names. But now they have company. Emma Donoghue's latest novel, Room, is narrated by a 5-year-old boy so real you could swear he was sitting right beside you.... Room is so beautifully contrived that it never once seems contrived. But be warned: once you enter, you'll be Donoghue's willing prisoner right down to the last page."―Malcolm Jones, Newsweek
"One of the most affecting and subtly profound novels of the year."―Ron Charles, The Washington Post
"A riveting, powerful novel.... Donoghue's inventive storytelling is flawless and absorbing. She has a fantastic ability to build tension in scenes where most of the action takes place in the 12-by-12 room where her central characters reside. Her writing has pulse-pounding sequences that cause the reader's eyes to race over the pages to find out what happens next.... Room is likely to haunt readers for days, if not longer. It is, hands down, one of the best books of the year."―Liz Raftery, The Boston Globe
"Remarkable.... Jack's voice is one of the pure triumphs of the novel: in him, she has invented a child narrator who is one of the most engaging in years - his voice so pervasive I could hear him chatting away during the day when I wasn't reading the book.... 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."―Aimee Bender, The New York Times Book Review
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This story is heavy, intense, and remarkable. It tells the story of 5 year old Jack and his Ma, who are trapped inside of an 11x11 ft room. It is told in Jack's point of view, and how he is learning about the world outside, which he doesn't believe is real.
There is so much more detail that I could go into for a summary of this amazing novel, but I don't want to give anything away. I read ROOM over a course of two days, staying up very late at night to finish the last couple of pages. ROOM is now my favorite book of all time, and if you are wanting to read an emotional rollercoaster of a novel that deals with a heavy topic, ROOM is definitely the one for you
WARNINGS: This book deals with kidnapping, sexual assault, and depression. Foul language and mature themes are explicitly used throughout this novel
For me the best of the book was really seeing and perceiving through the eyes of the boy who knew no other life and world. Another strong point was the emotionally gripping part of how the police investigation was an intrusion of privacy and rough on two victims. The mother's emotional collapse and adjusting to life after was very well done. I was excited to see the movie and did see it on the big screen a couple of weeks after finishing the book and the movie disappointed me greatly; it was then that I aprpeciated the book Room even more. The movie failed to fully show the world through the little boy's eyes and mind and I felt it did not capture the mother / son love and strong bond enough. The movie focused too much on the action parts and the police treatment of her was missing from the movie. The decompression from the room world to the real world was not captured well enough as the internal sruggle and instead the movie focused on the grandmother's strained relationship with her daughter. I rate this 5 stars for the book, please please read the book before you see the movie.
Boy am I glad I listened and I did. Initially I was so turned off by the writing from Jack's perspective, and some of the topics he repetitively talked about, that I just about stopped reading the book. However, just as I was about to give up - the plot sucked me in and I was suddenly not bothered at all.
Being someone who doesn't want to ruin books for others who may read it later, I will say this about this book...it's an awesome example of the Mother's bond with a child and her personal perseverance through all she endured was inspiring.
This book ran me through a wide range of emotions - laughing, crying, disgust, anger ( in the form of me screaming out on break at my work, No &$@!ing way!), and finally admiration.
I felt personally invested in their lives and felt the tightness of their ROOM. That alone says to me that it's a great book. The only reason that I didn't give it five stars was because I wanted a little more, I wanted to know more of the ending for the main characters. I needed more then the final scene, I wanted justice to be given! The writer chose to end it the story the way she did, and I respect that. But... I still chose to withhold my 5th star! I still would highly recommend this book and I am so looking forward to checking out the movie!