Wow…I haven’t read a more powerful book than Emma Donoghue’s Room in a very long time. While it has an extremely disturbing (and sadly, true-to-life) premise, Room also brings out the sweetness and innocence of a child in a way that is truly remarkable.
The narrator of the story is Jack, who proudly just turned five years old. He’s been living with his Ma (we never learn her first name) in a small room since he’s been born, held captive by a man they call Old Nick. Since Jack doesn’t have any friends to call his own, he makes the items of the room his friends…Sink, Meltedy Spoon, Eggsnake (a long train of eggshells), and Plant. Now that Jack is older, Ma tells him that there is an “Outside” he never knew, and they make plans for a grueling-on-the-reader escape. Split into five sections with two distinct parts, Room is the most unique book to come along in some time.
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