Room: A Novel

Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue (Little,Brown; $24.99; 336 pages)

The Soul selects her own Society – Then – shuts the door.

Jack could be assumed to be a typical 5-year-old boy being homeschooled by his mother and engaging in similar activities as his peers (watching TV, reading, art).   However, Jack’s entire existence revolves around the life created by his abducted mother in an 11 X 11 room created for the sole purpose of keeping their existence a secret.

Told from Jack’s point of view, the story unfolds portraying realistic outcomes that create the illusion of a non-fiction novel.   You will root for Jack and his ‘Ma’ to escape the confines of their prison-like life with despicable “Old Nick” and enter the real world (outer space) for a chance to live a “normal” life.

Before I didn’t even know to be mad that we can’t open Door, my head was too small to have Outside in it.   When I was a little kid I thought like a little kid, but now I’m five I know everything.

You will be enchanted by the endearing dedication provided by Jack’s mother as she recalls the details of her own childhood in order to create an atmosphere where Jack can survive and strive within the limits of Room.   This is a wonderful life-affirming portrayal of the strength of a mother’s love for her son.   It is a force which can survive under even the worst of circumstances.

Recommended.

This review was written by Kelly Monson.   The book was purchased by the reviewer.   Room, the seventh novel from Donoghue, was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize of 2010.

“Potent, darkly beautiful, and revelatory.”   Michael Cunningham

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  1. Great review, I have noticed that many people enjoyed this book tremendously and rightfully so. However, the second half of the book lost me. Here are my thoughts: http://manoflabook.com/wp/?p=820

  2. I am looking forward to reading this one soon. Thanks for the review. And thanks for reviewing without spoiling it – I was a bit nervous to read just in case.

  3. Hi – here following your blog from the book blog – great review. For my review and to return the love – follow the link here http://wordsinsync.blogspot.com/2011/01/book-review-of-draculas-novel-of-terror.html

    Shah. X

  4. I have heard a lot about this title recently, a must read for 2011 I think reading recent reviews including this one. I have therefore recently added title to my wishlist.

  5. ‘Room’ is a book that is on my ‘To buy’ list, as it sounds like an intriguing book.
    Great Review!

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