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Room Paperback – May 18, 2011
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Amazon Best of the Month, September 2010: In many ways, Jack is a typical 5-year-old. He likes to read books, watch TV, and play games with his Ma. But Jack is different in a big way--he has lived his entire life in a single room, sharing the tiny space with only his mother and an unnerving nighttime visitor known as Old Nick. For Jack, Room is the only world he knows, but for Ma, it is a prison in which she has tried to craft a normal life for her son. When their insular world suddenly expands beyond the confines of their four walls, the consequences are piercing and extraordinary. Despite its profoundly disturbing premise, Emma Donoghue's Room is rife with moments of hope and beauty, and the dogged determination to live, even in the most desolate circumstances. A stunning and original novel of survival in captivity, readers who enter Room will leave staggered, as though, like Jack, they are seeing the world for the very first time. --Lynette Mong
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Starred Review. Five-year-old Jack and his Ma live and eat and play and sleep in one room--an 11×11-foot space that is their prison--captives of the terrifying man Jack calls Old Nick. But as Jack grows older and more curious, it becomes clear that the room will not be able to hold him and Ma forever. Michal Friedman shines as Jack; her narration is haunting and compelling in its every inflection and tone. The voice she creates for Jack is so convincing, listeners may even mistake her for an actual child. Her powerful performance is complemented by Robert Petcoff's sinister Old Nick, and Ellen Archer's portrayal of resourceful Ma, whose gentle voice is infused with patience, terror, and hope. The chemistry between the players creates a gem of an audiobook that will haunt listeners long after the story's end. A Little, Brown hardcover (Reviews, July 12). (Sept.)
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The plot is simple: a young woman is abducted, locked in a room where she is repeatedly raped, gives birth, and tries to escape. But the story is told from the viewpoint of her 5 year old son. And that is where the beauty of the story develops; what seems totally illogical and unbelievable to an adult is accepted without question by a 5 year old. The parenting choices the mother makes would seem, at best, odd, in the normal world. But in the confines of a 10 by 10 room which is their whole world, they are understandable and in the best interests of the child.
The book illustrates the boundless love of a mother for her child, and yet she commits an act of unalloyed selfishness. The little boy is a typical child who doesn't question anything told him by an adult, who starts to question everything.
The book left me wondering what happens to these characters in the future. I hope Ms. Donoghue is considering a sequel.
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!
The author did an amazing job of developing the characters and it was easy to develop a connection with them. I felt Jacks fears, his struggles to understand and happiness with his meager life. I wanted to hug Ma and commend her for her brave choices.
Room is not only a brilliant read it's an experience, an understanding, and a new faith in hope. Everyone should read Room.
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