Room by Emma Donoghue (2010, Hardcover)
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- SynopsisNOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE -- nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. . . . It's where he was born, it's where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. 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's the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack's curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer. "Room" is a tale at once shocking, riveting, exhilarating--a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child.,NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. . . . It's where he was born, it's where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. 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's the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack's curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer. Room is a tale at once shocking, riveting, exhilarating--a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child.,To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and 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, and 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 and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work. Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, ROOM is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.
- AuthorEmma Donoghue
- Number Of Pages336 pages
- Publication Date2010-09-13
- PublisherLittle Brown & Company
- Copyright Date2010
- Weight18.9 Oz
- Height1 In.
- Width6.2 In.
- Length9.5 In.
- LC Classification NumberPR6054.O547R66 2010
- Dewey Decimal823/.914
- Dewey Edition23
- Reviews" Room is that rarest of entities, an entirely original work of art. I mean it as the highest possible praise when I tell you that I can't compare it to any other book. Suffice to say that it's potent, darkly beautiful, and revelatory."-- Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours and By Nightfall,"Emma Donoghue's new novel is a tour de force. Imagine living within the confines of a 12x12 room, the only natural light coming from a skylight, a television your only link to the outside world. That's just what Irish-Canadian novelist Emma Donoghue does in Room, a book so original and daring it r ecently landed on the longlist for the Man Booker Prize .... Told in the pitch-perfect voice of a five-year-old boy raised in captivity, Donoghue's stunning novel offers a unique portrait of one mother's fierce devotion. If this sounds like the stuff of tabloids, luridly sensational or gimmicky, in Donoghue's talented hands it's anything but. Told from Jack's perspective, Room turns the usual victim/survivor story on its head, transforming it into something else entirely-a meditation on the nature of reality and a testament to the ferocity of a mother's love.","Emma Donoghue's writing is superb alchemy, changing innocence into horror and horror into tenderness. Room is a book to read in one sitting. When it's over you look up: the world looks the same but you are somehow different and that feeling lingers for days."-- Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry,"Gripping, riveting, and close to the bone, this story grabs you and doesn't let go. Donoghue skillfully builds a suspenseful narrative evoking fear and hate and hope--but most of all, the triumph of a mother's ferocious love. Highly recommended for readers of popular fiction.","I loved Room . Such incredible imagination, and dazzling use of language. And with all this, an entirely credible, endearing little boy. It's unlike anything I've ever read before."-- Anita Shreve, author of The Pilot's Wife and A Change in Altitude,"Only a handful of authors have ever known how to get inside the mind of a child and then get what they know on paper. Henry James, Mark Twain, William Faulkner, and, more recently, Jean Stafford and Eric Kraft come to mind, and after that one gropes for names. But now they have company. Emma Donoghue's latest novel, Room , is narrated by a 5-year-old boy so real you could swear he was sitting right beside you.... Room is so beautifully contrived that it never once seems contrived. But be warned: once you enter, you'll be Donoghue's willing prisoner right down to the last page."-- Malcolm Jones , Newsweek,"Powerful.... Seen entirely through Jack's eyes and childlike perceptions, the developments in this novel--there are enough plot twists to provide a dramatic arc of breathtaking suspense--are astonishing.... Donoghue brilliantly portrays the psyche of a child raised in captivity...will keep readers rapt."-- Publishers Weekly,"Room is one of the most profoundly affecting books I've read in a long time. Jack moved me greatly. His voice, his story, his innocence, his love for Ma combine to create something very unusual and, I think, something very important. I read the book over two days, desperate to know how their story would end . . . Room deserves to reach the widest possible audience.","Talented, versatile Donoghue relates a searing tale of survival and recovery, in the voice of a five-year-old boy.... Donoghue brilliantly shows mother and son grappling with very different issues as they adjust to freedom.... In the story's most heartbreaking moments, it seems that Ma may be unable to live with the choices she made to protect Jack. But his narration reveals that she's nurtured a smart, perceptive and willful boy--odd, for sure, but resilient, and surely Ma can find that resilience in herself.... Wrenching, as befits the grim subject matter, but also tender, touching and at times unexpectedly funny.","[A] whammy of a novel.","a bravura performance","a bravura performance"-- ELLE,"a novel so disturbing that we defy you to stop thinking about it, days later.... This blend of allegory and true crime (Donoghue has said she was influenced by several recent news stories) is beautifully served by Jack's wise but innocent voice.... And while a first-person, child-narrated tale can sometimes feel like a gimmick, the enviable trick here is that Donoghue makes you want to stay with Ma and Jack, whether they're in their own private prison or out in the so-called free world."-- Sara Nelson , O Magazine,"a riveting, powerful novel.... Donoghue's inventive storytelling is flawless and absorbing. She has a fantastic ability to build tension in scenes where most of the action takes place in the 12-by-12 room where her central characters reside. Her writing has pulse-pounding sequences that cause the reader's eyes to race over the pages to find out what happens next.... Room is likely to haunt readers for days, if not longer. It is, hands down, one of the best books of the year."-- Liz Raftery , The Boston Globe,"one of the most affecting and subtly profound novels of the year","one of the most affecting and subtly profound novels of the year"-- Ron Charles , The Washington Post,"one of the most affecting and subtly profound novels of the year.... You need to enter this small, harrowing place prepared only to have your own world expanded.","remarkable.... Jack's voice is one of the pure triumphs of the novel: in him, she has invented a child narrator who is one of the most engaging in years - his voice so pervasive I could hear him chatting away during the day when I wasn't reading the book. Donoghue rearranges language to evoke the sweetness of a child's learning without making him coy or overly darling; Jack is lovable simply because he is lovable.... 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." -- Aimee Bender , The New York Times Book Review
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- 7355bettyFeb 07, 2012by
Don't bother. There are plenty of really good books to read and re-read.
I bought this book for a book club that I belong to--it is the selection for the month. After starting to read it three times, I have given up and placed the book in my "give-away" pile. I find the story teller (a five year old boy--more like three if you ask me) very irritating. I have Googled the book it appears that readers either love it or set it aside. I am in the latter group.
- miriverNov 06, 2010by
Room-a thought provoking read
There have been several news stories of young women who have been kidnapped and held hostage by men. Some have even had children by their captors. This novel seeks to discover how one such woman and her young child survived their captivity and more importantly, readjusted to life on the outside. In addition, the novel takes its viewpoint from the eyes of young Jack for whom the world has always been the Room. This could have been a trite story but with the added elements of post hostage life and a child's viewpoint the story becomes special. Well worth reading.
- richkiss100Apr 02, 2011by
So well written!
A very differnet story line; it's hard to put down. I do hate to read a synopsis of a book - if others like it,that's good enough for me to give it a try. This book will not disappoint! it was our last book at Book Club - I read a lot and I will say this is my favorite in the past year. If this is any indication, there were 50+ people on the waiting list at the library. The book was sold out at all of the book stores in the Richmond area - I had to buy it on half.com. What are you waiting for? get this book!
- jaenglehartJan 04, 2011by
Room by Emma Donoghue
Interesting story about a kidnapped 19 yr old college girl who is held for 7 years in a room. She has a child, Jack who is now 5 and the story is told from his perspective. I got a little tired of reading a 5year old's perspective and would have liked to read more from the mother's perspective. I only rate this as good--I felt it was somewhat weak...could have had more meat.
- jessica.teshApr 20, 2016by
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Love it. Took a risk buying from ebay and it was perfect.
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