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Shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize and the 2011 Orange Prize For Fiction. 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 25mm | 294g
  • Picador
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main Market Ed.
  • 9780330519021
  • 180

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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
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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
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About Emma Donoghue

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

776,198 ratings
4.07 out of 5 stars
5 38% (297,199)
4 39% (300,054)
3 17% (131,176)
2 4% (33,325)
1 2% (14,444)

Our customer reviews

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 more
by EmmaJane OConnell
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 more
by Pia Eide
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. You can read more of my book recommendations at www.thereadingexperiment.comshow more
by Louise Marsh
It was worth reading, just not what I had been expecting, still not sure how I feel about it?????show more
by Diane
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 more
by Jane Davies
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 more
by mercedes deville
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