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Too much hype, not enough content
Room - Emma Donoghue
Member Name: missbabypo
Room - Emma Donoghue
Advantages: Good story line
Disadvantages: Not enough content,
I purchased this book for my kindle after reading numerous reviews on amazon. Initially the fact that it was written in the style of a 5 year old really put me off but I decided to give it ago.
I have to say while the child's narrative had me hooked in the beginning towards the end it became a bit tiresome and repetitive, however given the story line of this book it could have been intentional.
The plot follows the story of a young boy (Jack) and his mother who was abducted by 'Old Nick' at the age of 19. Jack is the product of his mothers continual rape and psychological abuse at the hands of 'Old Nick' and as we learn later her second pregnancy by the monster.
Room is actually a small shed that 'Old Nick' has converted into a sound proof self contained (and very secure) living space. Jack in his wonderful childish naivety believes that room is the only real thing in the world and everything else is made up like TV. During the course of the book we learn about Jack's life and how his mother copes with trying to educate a small boy in such dire conditions.
When Jack's mother formulates a plan to escape from room it is all put on the shoulders of Jack who rises to the task spectacularly.
Once they have been rescued the story then follows the rehabilitation of Jack and his mother. Jack finds it very hard to adjust to begin with but winds up coping with being released better than his mother.
There were bits of this book I didn't like. The narrative, being that of a young child, sometimes lacked the detail that I would have liked from the book. I would also have liked to have heard more from the mothers point of view, especially with regards to her rehabilitation. I cannot personally see myself reading this book again
Summary: Not detailed enough for me