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Description - Room by Emma Donoghue

The story of a mother, her son, a locked room and the outside world. Jack is five and, like any little boy, excited at the prospect of presents and cake. He's looking forward to telling his friends it's his birthday, too. But although Jack is a normal child in many ways - loving, funny, bright, full of energy and questions - his upbringing is far from ordinary: Jack's entire life has been spent in a single room that measures just 12 feet by 12 feet; as far as he's concerned, Room is the entire world. He shares this world with his mother, with Plant, and tiny Mouse (though Ma isn't a fan and throws a book at Mouse when she sees him). There's TV too, of course - and the cartoon characters he thinks of as his friends - but Jack knows that nothing else he sees on the screen is real. Old Nick, on the other hand, is all too real, but only visits at night - like a bat - when Jack is meant to be asleep and hidden safely in Wardrobe. And only Old Nick has the code to Door, which is otherwise locked...Told in Jack's voice, Room is the story of a mother's love for her son, and of a young boy's innocence.Celebrating 40 years of outstanding international writing, this is one of the essential Picador novels reissued in a beautiful new series style.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780330519021
ISBN-10: 0330519026
Format: Paperback / softback
(196mm x 130mm x 25mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Picador
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publish Date: 7-Jan-2011
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Review: Room by Emma Donoghue - Reviewed by (06 May 2016)

I was really looking forward to reading this book, as I prefer to read the book before watching the movie. Unfortunately, it was very disappointing. I have yet to watch the movie, but I do hope it's better than the book.

My biggest issue with the book is that it is told through the eyes of a 5 year old, and is very difficult to read at times. The other issue was that I have never met a 5 year old that speaks the same as the one in the book. The words he uses are advanced enough for someone 3 times that age, but at other times he uses words like a 2 year old would.

Overall I would rate this a 2 out of 10. I really wanted to like it, as the premise of the novel was great, I just feel the narration was too hard to get past.

Book Review: Room by Emma Donoghue - Reviewed by (29 Feb 2012)

A interesting concept for a book. The plot is simple, a Mother and her boy aged 5 are held captive in a room, the story is told from the perspective of the 5 year old.

The story is fascinating is its told through the eyes of the 5 Year old Jack, who has only ever lived in the ‘Room’. It’s a story of self discovery, learning and a bond between a mother and a child. There were some aspects of the book which totally blew me away with morbid curiosity. The Author was extremely clever and insightful to write the book from a 5 year old perspective, however, I have never heard of such a clever and intuitive child. Also the dialog started grating on me after while.

Overall a recommended emotional roller coaster, which might not be for everyone.


Author Biography - Emma Donoghue

Born in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish writer who lives in Canada. Her fiction includes Kissing the Witch, The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits, and the bestselling Slammerkin.

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