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Room by Emma Donoghue
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Room (2010)

by Emma Donoghue

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Room by Emma Donoghue

This is the story of five year old jack and his Mother. He talks about his life, in "Room" which is home to him. He does not understand his "Ma" was abducted and held captive by "Old Nick" in the tiny room for years. One day Ma decides to try to escape with her son. Jack really is not sure what this means. Ma knows it is risky but is willing to do what ever she can to protect her son.

A heart felt emotional story, which moves at a fast pace. Told through the voice of young Jack, in his sheer innocence and naivete. To him living in "Room" is normal, which in reality is truly heartbreaking. "Ma" tries the best she can to make life normal for the love of her son, which is what a Mother would want for her child.

Overall I found Room an emotional, yet satisfying read. Although the reality of what Jack and Ma go through is depressing, the love they have for each other is endearing and heartwarming. I recommend to those who love emotional/drama. ( )
  SheriAWilkinson | Sep 15, 2018 |
Room by Emma Donoghue

This is the story of five year old jack and his Mother. He talks about his life, in "Room" which is home to him. He does not understand his "Ma" was abducted and held captive by "Old Nick" in the tiny room for years. One day Ma decides to try to escape with her son. Jack really is not sure what this means. Ma knows it is risky but is willing to do what ever she can to protect her son.

A heart felt emotional story, which moves at a fast pace. Told through the voice of young Jack, in his sheer innocence and naivete. To him living in "Room" is normal, which in reality is truly heartbreaking. "Ma" tries the best she can to make life normal for the love of her son, which is what a Mother would want for her child.

Overall I found Room an emotional, yet satisfying read. Although the reality of what Jack and Ma go through is depressing, the love they have for each other is endearing and heartwarming. I recommend to those who love emotional/drama. ( )
  SheriAWilkinson | Sep 15, 2018 |
Absolutely gut wrenching; listened to audio version and it brought me to tears multiple times! ( )
  jslantz1948 | Sep 15, 2018 |
Absolutely gut wrenching; listened to audio version and it brought me to tears multiple times! ( )
  jslantz1948 | Sep 15, 2018 |
I am on a seriously awesome streak lately with my book picks. I am in the Middle of Bechdel's newest graphic novel, "Are You My Mother?" and it was feeling a bit heavy for me so I decided to pick up the most lighthearted looking book on my shelf for a bracer. Oh boy, I was wrong. This book I can say had me looking between my fingers at the pages trying to shield myself from the plot, I had my hands in my mouth (I never do that) in worry for the characters, I cried and laughed and had tummy knots all at once. This ultimately redeeming tale of love is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Some may question if a narrator of five years old can manage to take the reader along in a tale of such gravity, but truly Jack does it and does it flawlessly. There are so many discussion points for this book, I wish I could read this with a college class or a book club. What is nice about this book is that joe-schmo without and English degree could fully enjoy this book but for those of us who like to dissect and pull out these juicy morsels and just nosh on them a bit, well then- please, read this and let me know when you are done so we can chat! ( )
  ambersnowpants | Aug 23, 2018 |
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Room is disturbing, thrilling, and emotionally compelling. Emma Donoghue has produced a novel that is sure to stay in the minds of readers for years to come.
added by lkernagh | editQuill & Quire, Dory Cerny (Oct 1, 2010)
 
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.
 
the book’s second half is less effective than its first. Perhaps this is inevitable given the changed circumstances of the protagonists. The walls that enclosed them also intensified their drama.
 
Wrenching, as befits the grim subject matter, but also tender, touching and at times unexpectedly funny.
added by Shortride | editKirkus Reviews (Aug 1, 2010)
 
Donoghue's great strength -- apart from her storytelling gift -- is her emotional intelligence. We get just enough information to feel uncomfortable -- and therefore, to question our assumptions about how family life ought to be; and to know that life will always be an unequal struggle.
 

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My Child

Such trouble I have.

And you sleep, your heart is placid;

you dream in the joyless wood;

in the night nailed in bronze,

in the blue dark you lie still and shine.

Simonides (C. 556-468 BCE), "Danae" (tr. Richmond Lattimore)
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Room is for Finn & Una, my best works.
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Today I'm five.
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In Room I was safe and Outside is the scary.
In the world I notice persons are nearly always stressed and have no time. Even Grandma often says that, but she and Steppa don't have jobs, so I don't know how persons with jobs do the jobs and all the living as well. In Room me and Ma had time for everything. I guess the time gets spread very thin like butter all over the world, the roads and houses and playgrounds and stores, so there's only a little smear of time on each place, then everyone has to hurry on to the next bit.
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The entire story is told from the perspective of a 5 year old little boy. Room is his entire world. Where he was born and grew up. It's where he lives with his Ma as they learn & read & eat & sleep & play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in 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.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0316098337, Hardcover)

Amazon Best of the Month, September 2010: In many ways, Jack is a typical 5-year-old. He likes to read books, watch TV, and play games with his Ma. But Jack is different in a big way--he has lived his entire life in a single room, sharing the tiny space with only his mother and an unnerving nighttime visitor known as Old Nick. For Jack, Room is the only world he knows, but for Ma, it is a prison in which she has tried to craft a normal life for her son. When their insular world suddenly expands beyond the confines of their four walls, the consequences are piercing and extraordinary. Despite its profoundly disturbing premise, Emma Donoghue's Room is rife with moments of hope and beauty, and the dogged determination to live, even in the most desolate circumstances. A stunning and original novel of survival in captivity, readers who enter Room will leave staggered, as though, like Jack, they are seeing the world for the very first time. --Lynette Mong

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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. But Ma, as Jack calls her, proves to be resilient and resourceful--and attempts a nail-biting escape.… (more)

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