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May 6, 2011

Book 8: Room by Emma Donoghue

Room by Emma Donoghue is hands down my favorite book that I have read so far this year. When my book club picked it as our next book I was a bit skeptical. The book is told through the perspective of a five year old boy, born in a room where he is being held captive with his mother by a man referred to as "Old Nick." The biggest question I get when I tell people about the premise of the book is "is it scary?" The answer is no, not really, because it is told through the perspective of an innocent little boy. It is actually quite endearing to read about the creative ways his mother teaches her son about the outside world. I would, however, use the adjective "haunting" to describe the book, as Jack explains things he perhaps doesn't understand but may cause the reader some alarm.

The reason I loved this book so much was that I had never read anything like it before. The voice of Jack is so pitch-perfect and the subject matter is so unique that I quickly became invested in the outcome for this innocent little boy and his mother. Oddly, I didn't finish the book very quickly as I found that I had to read rather slowly to fully comprehend all that Jack was experiencing through his five year old perception. Nevertheless, it was a fantastic read and I highly, highly recommend it. Additionally, if you have a book club it would be a great pick as I think it is going to create a lot of discussion.

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lifeofadoctorswife said...

I enjoyed it too! Haunting is a good way to describe it.

Linda said...

It's not scary? I thought it would be. If you say it's not, then I'll check it out.

agalandherdog said...

Ordering now!

Amanda said...

This is on my list since I saw it popping up everywhere, but I didn't really know what the premise was. Now I'm looking forward to reading it!

d.a.r. said...

Oooh we almost picked this for my book club this month. I may have to read it now!

30d6e620-7c43-11e0-8894-000bcdcb5194 said...

i read this book for my popluar literature class. deffinatly one of the more rewarding books for the character and myself. Quick read , and yes, haunting.

newteacherwife said...

I've really wanted to read this book too. Might have to add to my summer reading list.

Facebook Status said...

A perfect synchronization of innocence, emotions and sentiments --- That's my definition of room... Kudos to Emma Donoghue for writing such a lovely book. From the first page itself, you start bonding with Jack and his Ma. I cherished every word, every sentence of this book... Undoubtedly, it tops my most favorite book list... Believe me, you will never regret buying this book.

Seriously, Room is a book to treasure... :)


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