Room (Book Review)

Title: Room
Emma Donoghue

Verdict: Vivid descriptions. Heart-wrenching. I haven’t read anything like it.
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
If you like vivid descriptions try: the classic The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel.

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“Today I’m five. I was four last night going to sleep in Wardrobe, but when I wake up in Bed in the dark I’m changed to five, abracadabra.” (Opening lines)

“Jack is five, and excited about his birthday. He lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures eleven feet by eleven feet. He loves watching TV, and the cartoon characters he calls friends, but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real – only him, Ma and the things in Room. Until the day Ma admits that there’s a world outside…” (Back cover)

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Room ticks all the boxes for movie directors – suspense, disbelief, survival and strong characterisation. But I can’t imagine how a movie could convey the completeness of Jack’s world as powerfully as the book.

Jack and his Ma embody many traits of a hero – courage, intrepidity, calculated risk-taking, extra-ordinary determination and sacrifice.

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