Room: A Novel (Hardback)
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Short Description for Room 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.
- Published: 13 September 2010
- Format: Hardback 336 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780316098335 ISBN 10: 0316098337
- Sales rank: 55,498
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Reviews for Room
I finished reading this book about a week ago and I am still continuing to process the enormity and depth of Jack's life. I lent it to a friend right away so I could get her to read it so I'd have someone to discuss the events of the book.
I didn't read the book jacket because I didn't want to have any inkling of what I was about to read. It made it a little harder to get into, but not for very long. I'm glad I kept myself in the dark because it made the realization that much more startling.
I cannot explain the suspense the book built up, but it was effective. I was invested in the story and also fearful of learning the outcome. It made for a very tense read.
This story is told from the point of view of a 5 year old and I initially thought the narrative would grow tiring, but I was surprised at how invested I was in the story and how much I grew to love and empathize with Jack.
The most impressive aspect is the emotional roller coaster the book puts the reader through. I laughed and cried and loved every moment of it. by Tony Mah
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Review of Room
I''ve started my review of this book about a half-dozen times. In the book trailer (and I hope you watched it), Audrey Niffenegger writes:
"Room is a book to read in one sitting. When it's over you look up: the world looks the same but you are somehow different and that feeling lingers for days."
I picked this book up around 7:00 in the evening. I put it down at around 3:00 the next morning. When I closed my eyes out of sheer exhaustion I had dreams that centered around Room. I woke up feeling dazed and heart-broken.
Room is a book that requires intense emotional investment. That's all the warning I can give you about the story contained in this book, so when you pick it up prepare to invest in it and to lose yourself in Jack's voice. I was apprehensive for the first page or so in wondering if I could connect to Jack, the five year old narrating the story but... this worry was unfounded. I'm in awe of the power Emma Donoghue wields through the voice of Jack and think this book should be read widely.
While reading this book I was reminded of a human interest story I'd read in the news a while back. In Plant City, Florida a 6 year old girl was found living in horrible conditions. They compared (as this story has been compared) her story to that of Tarzan and speculations were going crazy about her development and how she would be affected by this.
While the similarities are not exact, Room brought back the memories I had of reading this story and evoked the same emotional rage I felt.
I feel it's important to note that although this book is narrated by a 5 year old, this is not a story for children to read. This is a very adult story with adult themes. That said, I want to encourage every single one of you reading this review to move this book to the top of your to-be-read pile and experience it. There are few books that I really get the hype on, but this book is one that deserves it. by Lydia Presley