Sunday, 27 March 2016

Book Review | Room by Emma Donoghue

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.

I first discovered this book because I saw the trailer for the movie, and then found out that it was a book. Naturally, since I liked what I saw in the trailer, I decided to pick up the book and read it before seeing the film (I've yet to see the film).
For me, this book was completely wonderful. The emotions packed into this were incredible, the characters wonderful, and the storyline breathtaking.
It can't be unnoted, that one of the things I loved the most about this book, was the narration. It was so interesting, seeing a story like this, told through the eyes of a five-year-old. There were moments, when he'd be describing things, in his innocent way, and you'd know what he was talking about, even if he didn't understand it. So you didn't lose any understanding or depth from the story. Instead, what this narrative adds is something unique, emotional and stunning.
One of the best books I've read. I absolutely loved it!


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