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Room - Emma Donoghue
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Room - Emma Donoghue
Advantages: Gripping story, can be bought cheaply, great writing
Disadvantages: Quite sad and makes you think for a while about it
All the time in the media we hear of stories where a young girl is abducted and imprisoned in a small space in someones house or garden. Its hard to imagine how they might be feeling or how the children that they bear from their captors might. This book does that and does it well. Its not a book suitable for children or even teenagers I think as there are some dark moments and the whole understanding of the emotions is complex.
The story comes from the eyes of Jack, who is the young son, born in the 'room' or modified garden shed. He has never seen the outside world, and doesnt understand it, as Ma says it only exists in the TV. Everyday he has the same routine, exercising, measuring the spaces in the room, playing games and reading his few books. He has never had a hair cut, felt fresh air or seen long distances.
Ma's captor is Old Nick, he abducted her at 19 years old and she dreams of escaping him but cant see how as the door is always locked from the outside and there are no windows. Eventually the time comes and it is all down to Jack to change their future against his will and everything he knows.
The second part of the book looks at the aftermath of what happened and how Jack and Ma cope with living in a bigger space and being around new people, and getting used to being around Mas family. It is a really emotive part of the story as obviously Jack was fathered by Old Nick and some of Mas family find it hard to deal with that.
Overall this book totally gripped me all the way through and I had to read it all in one go as I couldnt put it down. It costs £2.99 from amazon in paperback, but I bought mine in a charity shop for £1.50. Its well worth it and will completely blow your mind at times, the writing flows well and theres not a bit that I wanted to skip.
Summary: Read it!