A Novel

Book - 2012
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Narrator Jack and his mother, who was kidnapped seven years earlier when she was a 19-year-old college student, celebrate his fifth birthday. They live in a tiny, 11-foot-square soundproofed cell in a converted shed in the kidnapper's yard. The sociopath, whom Jack has dubbed Old Nick, visits at night, grudgingly doling out food and supplies. But Ma, as Jack calls her, proves to be resilient and resourceful--and attempts a nail-biting escape.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, 2012, 2011, c2010.
ISBN: 9781554688319


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Sep 28, 2020

This story is told almost entirely from the imaginative perspective of Jack, a very intelligent five-year-old boy whose entire life is confined to a small Room. His only companion is Ma, his loving mother, who has lived in Room for seven years following her brutal kidnapping and rape. Honestly, I wasn't expecting much from this book. The plot is obvious and can only really go in one direction. Who wants to read about the adventures of a child's toys? But like Jack's tenuous life, this story is held together by the strong bond between mother and child. This is the original source material for the 2015 Academy Award winning film starring Brie Larson.

Jul 30, 2020

Room was an excellent book. The narrator did an awesome job. The story was very touching. After listening to the audio, I watched the movie. Both were good.

Jul 20, 2020

Could not put this book down. I would have liked to see more of the characters' new beginning.

May 07, 2020

I couldn't get into this book like I wanted too. Thought it sounded very interesting, just wasn't the best.

FPL_Sunita Mar 16, 2020

Room by Emma Donoghue is a powerful, captivating & thought provoking tale highlighting the bond between mother and son.

Mar 10, 2020

This is one of the most irritating books I've read in a long time, and I really wish I'd picked something else from this author. I'm not exactly sure why this particular book has so much hype around it. The narrator is semi-realistic---- enough so that the story rambles on and on and ON just like a child who doesn't want to take a nap. But there's enough noticeable flaws, as in, things a little kid wouldn't say/think/notice, that keeps the book from being very engaging. A story like this needs to really absorb the reader, and I didn't find that possible at all, since it's literally an entire book written in baby-talk. That combined with the (appropriately) claustrophobic atmosphere made it difficult to even finish it. The story was intriguing enough that I forced myself to finish it, just for the sake of knowing what happens, but I'd never found myself getting into it or even caring about the characters. Perhaps this would've been a better book had the narrative switched between the mother and the son's perspectives. Or maybe, this story would've been better composed as a short story or a novella. It's simply too long for what it is, and halfway through becomes unbearably grating, where I found myself just wanting to know what happened to get it over with.

FPL_Sunita Feb 11, 2020

Room by Emma Donoghue is a story about a five year old boy and his mother held
captive in a shed in the backyard of a man's house. A powerful, captivating & thought provoking tale highlighting the bond between mother and son.

Dec 26, 2019

An intriguing plot! The author has written the narration well, especially the part where she explains the after and the living beyond. It's such a dark yet touching story. I wish every mom can give such an attention and love to their kids but I would never wish any mom to ever go through what Ma goes through, not even remotely. It's kind of a weird after feeling. I don't know if I should recommend this to anyone, really!

Oct 29, 2019

I think I would rate the beginning of the book higher, but the end kind of dragged it down for me. I think that after they get out of the room, Jack copes with life way too fast. I have to believe that if a child were actually trapped in a room for his whole life, the outside would would take a lot more getting used to.

Jul 26, 2019

This book has received so much acclaim and praise that to add my superlatives would seem redundant. I'll just say that I find it hard to believe I will read anything as good for quite awhile. I don't want to say much about the plot because I read it not knowing what to expect and I wouldn't want to ruin that for anyone else. Choosing to tell this story entirely in the voice of a 5-year old could have been so cringingly awful in the hands of a less-skilled author, but Donoghue doesn't make a misstep. Jack and Ma will stay with me for a long time. Drop whatever you're reading and start this.

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Jul 28, 2016

This book is heart-wrenching. A heroic mother caring for her son, whilst held captive in a tiny shed with only a sky light to view the world.

This was a very interesting, disturbing book that, while slow moving at times, kept me intrigued because of how psychologically suspenseful it was.

Jack is the narrator and, at 5 years old, has an interesting voice that varies between young/stunted and much more sophisticated. That is thanks to being raised completely confined to a Room with his mother, who was abducted at age 19 and kept locked up by her captor ever since. Jack and his mother spend every second together inventing games and exercises and such to pass the time and stay healthy. The time comes to make an escape plan, but can they survive in the outside world where Jack is unsure of his spacial surroundings and how to interact with anyone but his Ma?


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