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Friday, January 7, 2011

Review - ROOM by Emma Donoghue

This was for me a win from Katrina from Stone Soup and I am ever so happy I won it. The book was not even on order in the Melbourne library.

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.


  1. I have borrowed this one from the library, but I have been a bit afraid to read it. Just so horrible

  2. I'm so glad that you enjoyed this one! The author lives quite close to me (less than 1 hour away) and I hope to make it to one of her book signings someday. "Room" was incredible!

  3. Thanks for th review! I keep seeing this book in our local bookstore and I'll try to purchase a copy one of these days.

  4. My mom read this and really liked it. I'm hoping that she remembers to loan it to me soon!

  5. I've heard so many good things about this book that I'm going to have to read it at some point.

  6. Going to have to tackle this one but still a very daunting topic. Will have to do it one day.

    great review :)

  7. I'm glad you enjoyed this book! This was my favorite read of 2010 and one of those books that I think really inspires people to chat about it! Great review!

  8. Great review! This book looks really interesting to me. I may read it in the future.