To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. . . . It's where he was born, it's where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. 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's the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack's curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.
Room is a tale at once shocking, riveting, exhilarating--a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child.
- Man Booker Prize for Fiction
- New York Times Notable Books of the Year
At the start of Donoghue's powerful new novel, narrator Jack and his mother, who was kidnapped seven years earlier when she was a 19-year-old college student, celebrate his fifth birthday. They live in a tiny, 11-foot-square soundproofed cell in a converted shed in the kidnapper's yard. The sociopath, whom Jack has dubbed Old Nick, visits at night, grudgingly doling out food and supplies. 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. Ma, as Jack calls her, proves to be resilient and resourceful, creating exercise games, makeshift toys, and reading and math lessons to fill their days. And while Donoghue (Slammerkin) brilliantly portrays the psyche of a child raised in captivity, the story's intensity cranks up dramatically when, halfway through the novel and after a nail-biting escape attempt, Jack is introduced to the outside world. While there have been several true-life stories of women and children held captive, little has been written about the pain of re-entry, and Donoghue's bravado in investigating that potentially terrifying transformation grants the novel a frightening resonance that will keep readers rapt. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 07/12/2010
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1 . My new favorite book
Posted May 13, 2012 by Ashley , Springfield, MADefinitly a fantastic read.
This is a story about a newly five year old boy named jack, who was born into a horrible situation.
Jack was born on a rug in a sound proof shed, where his mother had already been held captive for two years. he knows no other life. room is his world. everthing in room is real. everything else he ever heard of is pretend.
his eleven by eleven world is all that exists, until the day when ma tells him that the things and people he sees on the telivision are real. for five year old jack it is unbelievibly difficult to comprehend that there is more to the world then what is inside of room... but soon he will embark on the bravest journey he would ever expiriance
this is.an incredible story that will stick with you for a long time.you will fall in love with the pale, skinny, long haired little five year old and will not be able to put this book down.
Posted September 25, 2011 by sunvee , Butte MTThis book was hard to get into-- but once I did I could not put it down. I stayed up almost all night to finish it. It had my heart racing! Very good book!!!
3 . Hard to read.
Posted July 18, 2011 by Tracy , Lewistown, PAI didn't like the book being told from a five-year old's perspective. Just the way the author made him "talk" was annoying. I'm glad she didn't go into detail about the sexual content which I don't think is necessary in books like this, but all in all I found it hard to finish. I found the book just ok and a bit unrealistic with how the mother interacted with her son. I realize I couldn't say how I'd behave with my child that I gave birth to locked in a room with no other companionship for years, but still. I'm usually this critical when it comes to books; I like most fiction, but I didn't really care for this book. To be honest the only real reason I finished it is because I paid for the book and I didn't want to have wasted the money.
4 . Heartbreaking and fascinating
Posted April 24, 2011 by Kim Saxton , St. CatharinesI was hesitant to pick this up but once I did, I couldn't put it down. Fascinating tale of survival of a captive woman and how she cares for her small son. I read it in less than 2 days.
5 . I couldn't put it down
Posted April 02, 2011 by AM , AlbertaThis was really good book. It was really interesting and I couldn't put it down. I would recommend it to anyone.
6 . Recommended reading
Posted March 15, 2011 by UKBRAT , Bragg CreekThis book is hard to put down, and very disturbing. It is an awful subject but you still continue to read. You think about it when you have finished reading and then think you cannot read anymore. But find yourself reading to the wee hours of the morning. You will not forget this book in a hurry. Very well written and very believable.
7 . ** yawn **
Posted March 13, 2011 by Alaska Reader , AlaskaI finished it, but it was a task to do so at times. Quite predictable yet occasionally I had trouble getting my head around it. It would be a good read if you found it in a box of books at a garage sale - somewhat of a no-brainer read.
8 . Undecided
Posted December 27, 2010 by Karrie , ProvidenceI found this novel slow moving and tedious to read at points. I think it takes a certain person to really get a wow factor from "The Room". I did find my mind really thinking weather I could manage what Ma does and if I would come out a Survivor or Tapped.
9 . Great Read
Posted December 04, 2010 by Reader in VA , Norfolk, VaLittle Jack stole my heart. The characters or him and Ma are very endearing and relatable. I believe anyone who reads this book will love it just as much as I did
10 . Wonderful Book....but really disturbing
Posted November 03, 2010 by Connie S. , Fenton, MOI loved this book. Very well written. I thought I would find it tiresome being written from the vantage point of a five year old but certainly not so. It was disturbing and at several points was difficult to read from an emotional standpoint. I strongly reccomend.
Little, Brown and Company
September 12, 2010
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