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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11 . so so
Posted October 17, 2010 by marcia stauber , palm beach gardens floridaI was rather disapointed since this book won quite alot of awards. I understood that it
was told through the eyes of a 5 year old but I did not think that it was that special a novel. One of the major critics said half the people in her ofice either loved the book or did not care for it/ I think that wil be the general feeling regarding this book/ The book does have its moments so I would have to say that it is worth a buy but not to have too high expectations.
12 . Loved it
Posted October 06, 2010 by Tania , EdmontonI really loved this book. Once you got used to reading from a five year olds point of view, the pages flew by. It was definitely a one day read. By the end of it, you were even smiling. It's one of those books that stays with you.
13 . Great Book
Posted September 27, 2010 by Abby , MichiganNot an easy book to start with because it is in the view of a five year old, once you get past that it is a great read. Couldn't put it down!
14 . Good book.
Posted September 25, 2010 by Susan , Kitchener OntarioI enjoyed this book but I wasn't quite as enthralled as everyone else seems to be about it. That might have influenced my expectations for it. It's certainly worth reading, though.
15 . Original and Thought Provoking
Posted September 17, 2010 by Karen , PennsylvaniaReading this book was like watching the sun rise. It takes a bit of patience but the reward is well worth the wait. Highly recommended, and completely satisfying. I'm sure I could read this book over and over again and find something new with each visit.
Little, Brown and Company
September 12, 2010
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