Room by Emma Donoghue

About the book

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work. Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, ROOM is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

Reviewed by Enjoying Books reading group:

This is a most unusual and indeed uncomfortable book, but marvelously written by a clever writer. You will have tremendous insight into the mind of a 5 year old boy.

Star rating: ***/****

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4 thoughts on “Room by Emma Donoghue”

  1. Review by Dilkusha Court, Hayling Island Reading Group:
    The book was a bit confusing to start with but, once into it, we found it a real page-turner. Only two members didn’t like it. November 2014
    Rating: 3 Stars

  2. Review by Milford on Sea U3A Book Group
    Longest discussion we have had on any book! Everyone had so much to say. “Different, worth reading, page turner, slow start, depressing, credible, unique, creatvity of Jack and mother, author understands emotions”
    Star rating: ****

  3. Review by Ems Valley U3A
    Generally not liked because of the subject matter but the skill of the author is acknowledged.
    Star rating: **

  4. Review by Goodworth Clatford
    Thought provoking. Difficulty in getting into because of childlike language. Memorable but disturbing. Ending fairly happy – could have been worse. Caused a lively discussion.
    Star rating: ***

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