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By (author) Professor Emma Donoghue

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  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
  • Format: Paperback | 321 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 25mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 18 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0316098329
  • ISBN 13: 9780316098328
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 8,488

Product description

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.

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Author information

Born in Dublin in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish emigrant twice over: she spent eight years in Cambridge doing a PhD in eighteenth-century literature before moving to London, Ontario, where she lives with her partner and their two children. She also migrates between genres, writing literary history, biography, stage and radio plays as well as fairy tales and short stories. She is best known for her novels, which range from the historical ("Slammerkin," "Life Mask," "Landing," "The Sealed Letter") to the contemporary ("Stir-Fry," "Hood," "Landing"). Her international bestseller "Room" was a "New York Times "Best Book of 2010 and was a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth, and Orange Prizes. For more information, visit

Customer reviews

By Vidz 03 Sep 2012 4

I bought this book as the theme and story was completely new to me. I would say the books is worth a read , though some points were incredulous and hard to digest.

The 5 years child portrayed is incredibly precocious and the whole story is narrated from his point of view only which creates perplexity ( in one sentence he asks futile questions about almost anything because he has been in confinement and has not seen the world , in the other sentence he explains the readers the answers to his own questions. This perplexity could have been avoided if the story was narrated from a third point of view or by the same child after he's grown up.)This has been the only pitfall of the book as it is hard to digest the incredible narration and vocabulary by a small kid.

Other than that , the story pulls-off mother-child relationship in the darkest corner of the world and excels in portraying the undying love of a mother.The story is moving , characters are strong and narration is compelling.It is a story of hope and strength. A definite page-turner.

By Maggie Swithenbank 02 Nov 2011 4

I loved this book and found it un-put-downable! You see this story through the innocent eyes of a young boy and question what you take for granted...This story stayed with me long after I finished it...

By Leana Fletcher 19 Jun 2011 4

I believe that 'Room' offers an insightful look into the power of human perspectives. What we believe becomes our reality as is the case of the 'Room' for the book's young character. Although the book describes an example of gross human deprivation as the boy and his mother are imprisoned within a tiny room, the attitude of the boy's mother enables a feeling for the boy that all is as it should be - So much so, that freedom equals confusion for the child.......A great story told -through the eyes of a small child.

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"remarkable.... Jack's voice is one of the pure triumphs of the novel: in him, she has invented a child narrator who is one of the most engaging in years - his voice so pervasive I could hear him chatting away during the day when I wasn't reading the book.... This is a truly memorable novel, one that can be read through myriad lenses - psychological, sociological, political. 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." Aimee Bender, "The New York Times Book Review""