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By (author) Emma Donoghue

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  • Publisher: PICADOR
  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 28mm | 300g
  • Publication date: 7 January 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0330519026
  • ISBN 13: 9780330519021
  • Edition statement: Main Market Ed.
  • Sales rank: 100

Product description

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2010 MAN BOOKER PRIZESHORTLISTED FOR THE 2011 ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTIONJack 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.

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Author information

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 Emma OConnell 23 Mar 2012 5

I could not put this book down and after finishing, I found myself thinking about all the different things I could make out of an egg carton for entertainment, if you feel disappointed after reading this book, you need to go back and read it again, because you missed something the first time.

By Pia Eide 20 Dec 2011 5

This is one of my favorite books. At first you might find it a bit annoying, since it's written from a five-year-olds point of view. Literally.

Once you get used to that after just a few pages, let the story take you all the way to the end, and enjoy it. Maybe cry a bit if you feel like it. This is a little treasure of a book, as a long as you don't let the grammar and spelling get to you. It's a true gem, and you will see the world through different eyes after this.

By Louise Marsh 31 Oct 2011 5

I belong to a book club whose members meet every six weeks, taking it in turns to choose books for group discussion. When I recently announced that my next choice was Room by Emma Donoghue, I was greeted by a sea of concerned faces.

Room is told in the voice of a five year-old boy, Jack, who lives with his Ma in a room measuring 11 feet by 11 feet. Ma and "Room" are his whole world - the implication being that it's a situation similar to the real life stories of Natascha Kampusch and Elizabeth Fritzl who spent years locked away in hidden rooms against their will.

It was hardly surprising that my book club friends had doubts about my choice. But by the time our book club discussion came around, they all agreed that Room is a worthy read.

While the subject matter has dark and depressing undertones, Emma Donoghue takes our focus away from that and places it firmly on the dynamics of Room.

Jack is oblivious to the outside world and the circumstances that led to Room. It is heart-warming to view the world through his child eyes.

However, this is also a story about Ma. Through Jack's narration, Emma Donoghue provides an insight into what life might be like for Ma.

What would it be like to live confined to a small room with a young child?

What would you tell your child if you lived in Room?

How would you protect them and give them the opportunity to live their life to the full?

What would you do as your child grew older and became aware of the world outside?

This is the story of Room.

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By Diane 21 Oct 2011 3

It was worth reading, just not what I had been expecting, still not sure how I feel about it?????

By Jane Davies 17 Oct 2011 3

Tomorrow night I join my bookclub buddies to rate and discuss the book Room. I was really looking forward to the read after reading reviews and observing it has been nominated for awards. I have to ask 'Why?' The read was boring, I found Jack's short hand speech frustrating by the middle of the book, a little bit too simple. I completed the book through determination nonetheless I believe it is highly overrated.

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Emma Donoghue's writing is superb alchemy, changing innocence into horror and horror into tenderness. 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 -- Audrey Niffenegger, author of THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE Room is one of the most profoundly affecting books I've read in a long time. Jack moved me greatly. His voice, his story, his innocence, his love for Ma combine to create something very unusual and, I think, something very important ... Room deserves to reach the widest possible audience -- John Boyne, author of THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS 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 Startlingly original and moving ... Endearing and as utterly compelling as The Lovely Bones Scotsman This book will break your heart ... It is the most vivid, radiant and beautiful expression of maternal love I have ever read Irish Times I loved Room. Such incredible imagination, and dazzling use of language. And with all this, an entirely credible, endearing little boy. It's unlike anything I've ever read before -- Anita Shreve