Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Room - Emma Donoghue
Author: Emma Donoghue
Genre: Literary Fiction
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.
This was a book I had wanted to read for quite sometime and I wasn't really disappointed. The first chapter I felt was a little slow and really didn't grab me, but the relationship between Ma and Jack was intriguing enough to allow me to continue on with the book. But I was rewarded with an excellent story that I couldn't put down for most of the evening, especially after they had managed to escape from the small shed that they were living in. It was certainly a delightful book and while I probably won't read the book again, it is one that will have me wondering what happens to Ma and Jack as they are able to adjust to life on the Outside. Highly recommended.
961 / 15000 pages. 6% done!