- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Reprint edition (September 25, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316223239
- ISBN-13: 978-0316223232
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4,609 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #726,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Room: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – Unabridged, September 25, 2012
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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, 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, 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, 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
"Room" is a book that dealing with deeply disturbing subject matter. However, Donohue tackles the topic in a delicate but perversely realistic way. As such, you feel compelled to continue reading rather than being repulsed. Sure, there are enough times in the novel that you'll be disgusted, angry and uncomfortable, left emotionally raw, hoping the scars will eventually heal. Ultimately, Donohue helps the reader overcome these emotions through the choice of the 5 year old narrator, Jack. His innocence as well as bond with "Ma", his mother, and her unconditional love for him, as well as desire to protect him from the reality of their situation in clever ways, is enough to for you to carry on reading.
It is always wonderful to encounter a book that is utterly unique and original. Reading "Room" is like encountering that first-time situation life --- you've heard and read about it, but you don't know what to do and are mesmerized being in the moment, unsure how it'll eventually unfold. The result is that "Room" will leave an indelible mark on you, haunting and touching you in ways only the rare book and author have the capacity accomplish. With this book, Emma Donohue has demonstrated she is such an author.
An incredibly heart wrenching story as told by a 5 year old boy, which makes the story even more touching and, even though its a very dark subject matter: innocent. How this little boy and his incredibly resourceful and strong mother cope with one of the most unimaginable situations one could ever be in in nothing less than heroic.
When I review a book I don't like to recap what the book is about: you can read that on the back. I like to detail what I found fascinating, page turning, dull or reason for putting the book down and never picking it up again.
I read this book in a couple days, it was so engrossing and the characters so utterly real. The fact that this story is told from a 5 year old's perspective gives it a depth and sweetness that off sets the horrific environment he and his mother have to endure and the deeply depressing and terrifying situation they are forced into. His imagination, her ingenuity and their amazing love for one another is what gets both through something that would break even the strongest soul. What an incredibly brilliant way to approach such a dark and terrifying plot: thoroughly impressive. His beautiful little mind makes a cell and every little nook and cranny of it into something to explore, something to learn from.
I would recommend this book to anyone (adult of course due to the subject matter). Its so masterfully written and the main characters so lovingly connected that it will make you cry and smile from one page to the next. Brilliant, masterful and a testament to the fortitude of the human spirit as well as the connection between mother and child.