HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Room by Emma Donaghue
Loading...

Room (2010)

by Emma Donaghue

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations / Mentions
9,868831287 (4.05)1 / 901
Member:lanataa123
Title:Room
Authors:Emma Donaghue
Info:Pan MacMillan Paperback Omes (no date), Paperback
Collections:To read
Rating:
Tags:None

Work details

Room by Emma Donoghue (2010)

  1. 276
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (Anonymous user, bookwormjules)
    bookwormjules: The authors both get inside the head of the young narrator wonderfully, and make it believable.
  2. 113
    We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (Amsa1959)
    Amsa1959: The novel about Kevin is a much darker and sad story, but it it is about a special boy and his family, and it is a MUST READ novel. It is also - like Room - a novel that makes you think and reflect of our world and lives.
  3. 60
    A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard (mreader)
  4. 51
    Still Missing by Chevy Stevens (cafepithecus)
  5. 41
    Misery by Stephen King (albavirtual)
    albavirtual: ambos libros tienen un alto componenente psicológico, la mente humana llevada al extremo.
  6. 63
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (Niecierpek)
    Niecierpek: We go through a serious and heart-breaking topic (9/11 in Foer's case) through a narration by a precocious child narrator in both books.
  7. 30
    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne (soffitta1)
    soffitta1: What connects the books, for me, is the way the story unfolds, with the reader being more clued in as to what is happening around the child at the centre.
  8. 20
    Me & Emma by Elizabeth Flock (amz310783)
  9. 20
    My Abandonment by Peter Rock (gaialover)
  10. 21
    Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott (kaledrina)
  11. 11
    Dog Boy by Eva Hornung (PatMock)
    PatMock: Young boy raised by wild dogs in Moscow.
  12. 00
    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? by Henry Farrell (akblanchard)
    akblanchard: The terror of being at the mercy of an irrational, evil captor is effectively depicted in both books.
  13. 00
    Descent by Tim Johnston (KatyBee)
  14. 00
    Y by Marjorie Celona (Iudita)
    Iudita: Another story about a troubled childhood, narrated by the child.
  15. 00
    Mice by Gordon Reece (wonderlake)
    wonderlake: Bad things happening to mothers and their children
  16. 00
    House of Stairs by William Sleator (_Zoe_)
  17. 11
    Monster Love by Carol Topolski (tina1969)
  18. 01
    The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood (_Zoe_)
    _Zoe_: These books are completely different in style; The Mysterious Howling is a lighthearted children's book while Room is more serious and intended for adults. But if you enjoy the theme of a child with an unusual background being reintegrated into society, you may appreciate both of these books.… (more)
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

English (804)  Dutch (10)  Spanish (5)  German (5)  Danish (2)  Finnish (2)  Swedish (2)  French (1)  All (831)
Showing 1-5 of 804 (next | show all)
  stephhwilliams | Jul 12, 2017 |
Jack has spent his entire life inside of Room, the tiny enclosure he shares with his mother, who is occasionally visited by the gruff and violent "Old Nick" at night when Jack is supposed to be sleeping. After Jack turns 5 years old, his mother begins the process of what she calls "unlying" -- telling Jack the truth she has kept from him; they are both prisoners of Old Nick, who is keeping them from the outside world while she is desperately seeking a way of escape.

Room is a difficult book to read because of the dark content, but one that reads very quickly because it is so compelling and so well written. The story is told from the perspective of the precocious 5-year-old Jack, for whom Donoghue creates an authentic and generally endearing voice. Jack's limited understanding of the outside world is at times as humorous as it is heartbreaking. Donoghue even manages to slip in literary references through what Jack overhears. The character of Ma is inspiring -- a determined fighter and devoted mother, whose passion really makes you think about survival in such a cruel situation.

That all being said, I have to reiterate that this is a very dark book. While I "enjoyed" reading it in that the characters, plot, and writing style were all well done, I think it also put my headspace in a bad place (e.g., my already sour mood was made worse). Still, it ends with some hopeful notes, which made for a satisfying read. I would recommend it for those readers who think they can handle the disturbing content. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Jul 1, 2017 |
It's been awhile now since I finished reading this novel. I didn't hate it, but I really didn't like it all that much either. I thought it was unusual to have the child be the narrator. I can't even begin to imagine how difficult that would be as a writer to have a narrator who really has very little frame of reference, but I think Emma did a really great job with the narration. I loved that the narrator's innocence made an incredibly unbearable situation all the more bearable.

The pacing in this novel was really perfect. I think the best example of this was the great escape. It felt rushed and like a whirlwind, but that is probably how it would feel to Jack. The author really just did a fantastic job. ( )
  Emma_Manolis | Jun 27, 2017 |
A wonderful, amazing book. The story starts on the day Jack turns 5 years old. He and Ma have lived in Room his whole life. Everything in Room has a name: Watch, Rug, Table, Trash, Rocker, Shelf. They take baths together, brush their teeth, have breakfast, play games, have Phys Ed (running around Bed or playing Trampoline), read books, sing songs. They have TV but Ma strictly limits the time Jack can watch because "it will rots our brains". The only scary thing in Jack's world is Old Nick, who sometimes visits in the night. Jack sleeps in Wardrobe with the door closed and Ma comes to get him and bring him to bed once Old Nick has gone.

I was impressed with the author's portrayal of Jack's narrative voice. It was very authentic -- innocent, honest, curious and mostly self-centered as a real child's would be. After the two inevitably escape, there is an interesting dichotomy in how mother and child view Room: to one it was home, a place of security, familiarity, love, music, stories -- to the other it represents a horrifying ordeal and captivity. The most interesting part of the book was how Jack experiences and views 'Outside', which before he didn't believe existed outside TV. Most of all I was touched by Ma, who created a world of creativity, love and security for her child within the most horrifying of circumstances.

I can't say enough good things about this book. Highly recommended to everyone with a pulse. ( )
  dorie.craig | Jun 22, 2017 |
Pretty good. Pretty good.
I actually couldn't put the book down. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it.
That probably means it's good.

( )
  Shahnareads | Jun 21, 2017 |
Showing 1-5 of 804 (next | show all)
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.
 

» Add other authors (15 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Donoghue, Emmaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Archer, EllenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Borówka, EwaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Buhl, VirginieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Friedman, MichalNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Glasnovik, NegicaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gontermann, ArminTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Güven, Gül ÇağalıTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gundersen, Inge UlrikTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Javādī, MuḥamadTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mejak, TeaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Petkoff, RobertNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rocca, Chiara SpallinoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smits, ManonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
So-yŏng, YuTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Toren, SuzanneNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Torrescasana, AlbertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vázquez Nacarino, EugeniaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Volhejnová, VeronikaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zhang, DingqiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

Has the adaptation

You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
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)
Dedication
Room is for Finn & Una, my best works.
First words
Today I'm five.
Quotations
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.
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
The entire story told from the perspective of a 5 year old little boy. Room is his entire world. Where he was born & 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 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, & 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 & a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.
Haiku summary

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

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:10:24 -0400)

(see all 6 descriptions)

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)

(summary from another edition)

» see all 10 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
144 avail.
738 wanted
1 pay

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (4.05)
0.5 8
1 49
1.5 6
2 147
2.5 40
3 497
3.5 218
4 1456
4.5 307
5 1179

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 116,083,306 books! | Top bar: Always visible