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A very gripping read
Room - Emma Donoghue
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Room - Emma Donoghue
Advantages: Gripping and moving at the same time!
So I'll start off by saying that I'm one of few to give this book 4 out of 5 stars rather than the full 5 out of 5. I may get heavily criticised for not giving 'Room' full marks, but please do read on and hear what I have to say!
The subject matter of Room is so moving, and made me think about some of the awful things that are really happening in the world today. I think that the author, Emma Donoghue, is so very brave to write a novel about this, and to put herself into the shoes of a young 5 year old boy, unfortunate to know no way of life other than captivity. And so I completely think that narrating the book through him, Jack, was really original and made for a great way to tell what is essentially, a disturbing story.
I've given most of the plot away already, but just to say a little more - Room is a story about just that - captivity of Jack and his mother, who he calls 'Ma', within the confines of a four-walled room. It is amazing to see how the lives of mother and son do not really exist outside of Room, and that because Jack doesn't know any different, he isn't really struggling in any way, and Room is all he knows. In fact, he also knows Cupboard, and Bed, and Rug, and Plant - all pieces of furniture inside Room, that he has made his friends.
And I guess the only reason I gave this book one less mark than 5 is because whilst it was completely and utterly fascinating reading to see this life and amazing story out of the eyes of a young 5 year old boy, I would say that I sometimes found the childlike 'speak' of Jack a tiny bit testing. As the entire book is written in his voice, almost the exact way that he would speak, I almost began really wanting the story to be written in good, well written English! I feel mean saying it though, as the subject matter of the book almost nearly overrides the narration side of things. But it is just my one little criticism.
Apart from that however, I would say that this book is absolutely amazing, and feel that I could easily recommend it to anyone who likes reading, no matter what genre they are in to. Although the subject matter is quite grim, seeing it out the eyes of a young boy makes it less so.
Thanks for reading.
Summary: Highly recommended