The story based on a 5 year old boy whose world is limited to just the four walls of his "room" and the fact that he knows no other world and his Mother who heroically protects him from the horrors of their real life.
Since this book from the time it was nominated for the Booker, has got so very many reviews all over the blogs I will keep this short. What really struck me was the "shorthand" in the language used by Jack who simplified terms in English which were so realistic and true that I wondered why no one had thought of talking like this. 5 year old Jack is able to sustain the whole book with
his Mother being a sideline as it were though she should have been the star of the show.
With very descriptive English the minuscule world of Jack and his mother are very poignantly brought to the reader so that we begin to understand very early on the desperation of Jack's mother's part as she strives to do what is best for Jack in the circumstances. It also heightens my belief that mothers do whatever they can to protect their children in whatever horrendous circumstances they face. This follows my reading of Secret Daughter a week ago where this fact is reiterated there as well.
For me a perfect read.
I am back in Sri Lanka to overwhelming work! will however keep upto date on the blog as much as I possibly could.