Friday, September 18, 2015
Review: Room by Emma Donoghue
Summary from Goodreads:
To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. 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 is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.
Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.
It took me three years to finally pick up this novel, it also helped that I found it for .99.
I was interested in trying to read this again because of the film trailer, which comes out next month. I'm not a fan of seeing the film before I read the novel.
I still was not a huge fan of the narration of the novel, which is from the POV of a five year old that knows nothing but the shed he was born in ('room'). However, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the plot and how it ended.
The characters and everything they go through is heartbreaking, and I loved Jack experiencing the world for the first time, and I hope the film does a good job showcasing that.
I recommend checking this out even if the POV doesn't seem like your style.
Four Stars Out of Five