Saturday, April 9, 2011

Room [Review]

I just finished Room by Emma Donoghue for the Clamhouse Book Club - which was passed to me after an admin stepped down - w00t :)

I give it 3 stars.

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.

My Thoughts:
I didn't like or dislike this book really. It was odd with little to no REAL resolution. It opens up into what happens after Room. In fact nearly the second half of the book is what happens after Room, but I feel like it never really resolves all the reader's questions. At least not this reader. I did like how it was written in a 5 year old mindset. After spending all my time with a 4 year old and a 3 year old, it wasn't that hard to understand :P Although I feel kind of dumb not knowing what the heck a duvet was!

Of Woods and Words


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