Room

Room

Book rating: 04 Paperback

By (author) Emma Donoghue

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  • Publisher: PICADOR
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 28mm | 300g
  • Publication date: 7 January 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0330519026
  • ISBN 13: 9780330519021
  • Sales rank: 108

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Jack is five. He lives with his Ma. They live in a single, locked room. They don't have the key. Jack and Ma are prisoners. 'This book will break your heart ...It is the most vivid, radiant and beautiful expression of maternal love I have ever read' - "Irish Times". 'Startlingly original and moving ...Endearing and as utterly compelling as "The Lovely Bones"' - "Scotsman". 'I've never read a more heart-burstingly, gut wrenchingly compassionate novel ...As for sweet, bright, funny Jack, I wanted to scoop him up out of the novel and never let him go' - "Daily Mail". 'This is a truly remarkable novel. It presents an utterly unique way to talk about love, all the while giving us a fresh, expansive eye on the world in which we live' - "New York Times Book Review".

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Born in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish writer who lives in Canada. Her fiction includes includes the bestselling Slammerkin.

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By mercedes deville 14 Oct 2011 3

I had very high hopes of a really good read - the reviewers told me it was so!- The beginning was full of promise but he last page I was just going through the motions of finishing the book. Disappointing ending: the writer seemed to run out of steam just past half way through the book, sentences were repeated and quite honestly, some of the Jack's thoughts towards the end just didn't read authentically. One reviewer said it was the new "Lovely Bones" - definitely not, nowhere near. I'm not tempted to read any of the author's other books. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it for what it is if the reviewers had not over egged it.

By Katie Lovick 05 Aug 2011 4

I didn't really realise how good this book is until I had finished reading. Although I didn't find it terribly enthralling to begin with, it really is worth the perseverance. Very well written and I loved it being from the child's point of view. A very good book.

By Hilary Bishop 04 Aug 2011 5

I enjoyed the book written from the perspective of the child. It was believable in all it's horror. Well written and I wanted to know what happened next so it kept me reading until the end. My book club all found the book fascinating.

By Shannon Thomas 01 Aug 2011 3

I read this book in a day but still not sure whether I enjoyed it... it must have had some appeal as I kept on reading but I wouldn't say it changed my life... it was sad, frustrating, sometimes funny... not a bad read.

By bobdel 07 Jul 2011 4

Enjoyed this book, although I don't think it deserves the comparisons to Gone With The Wind. It gets its message across clearly but in an easy reading way.