Room

Room To Five Year Old Jack, Room Is The World.Told In The Inventive, Funny, And Poignant Voice Of Jack, Room Is A Celebration Of Resilience And A Powerful Story Of A Mother And Son Whose Love Lets Them Survive The Impossible.To Five Year Old Jack, Room Is The Entire World It Is Where He Was Born And Grew Up It S Where He Lives With His Ma As They Learn And Read And Eat And Sleep And Play At Night, His Ma Shuts Him Safely In The Wardrobe, Where He Is Meant To Be Asleep When Old Nick Visits Room Is Home To Jack, But To Ma, It Is The Prison Where Old Nick Has Held Her Captive For Seven Years Through Determination, Ingenuity, And Fierce Motherly Love, Ma Has Created A Life For Jack But She Knows It S Not Enoughnot For Her Or For Him She Devises A Bold Escape Plan, One That Relies On Her Young Son S Bravery And A Lot Of Luck What She Does Not Realize Is Just How Unprepared She Is For The Plan To Actually Work 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. Ever since its Booker nomination it made the shortlist , Room by Irish writer Emma Donoghue has set the literary world on fire Most people who review the book seem to love it They talk about how riveting and suspenseful the book is and how they felt compelled to finish it in a single reading I guess I ll have to be one of the few dissenting voices I really, really, really
I was all ready to hate this book Doesn t it sound obnoxious An adult novel about harrowing things, but narrated by a 5 year old Mere gimmickry, right, a showy writing experiment, likely to win praise from the easily impressed.But I don t think I am that easily impressed, and damn, this book is kind of a stunner Because yes, if not handled exactly right, a book narrated by a child probably would be obnoxious I haven t read Extremely Loud Incredibly Close yet, and I might or might not I was all ready to hate this book Doesn t it sound obnoxious An adult novel about harrowing things, but narrated by a 5 year old Mere gimmickry, right, a showy writing experiment, likely to win praise from the easily impressed.But I don t think I am that easily impressed, and damn, this book is kind of a stunner Because yes, if not handled exactly right, a book narrated by a child probably would be obnoxious I haven t read Extremely Loud Incredibly Close yet, and I might or might not like it, but I already know that it is written in the voice of a precocious 9 year old, and precocious kids usually are pretty annoying But Jack, the narrator of Room, is not really precocious, and Emma Donoghue has managed to capture a realistic child s voice without turning out a book that s overly simplistic or too calculated And I really don t know how she did it As you begin reading this story of a boy who has spent his entire life lo
Such a gripping and emotional read I m glad I finally took the chance to pick this up and read it. Jesus Christ on a popsicle stick, i can t believe i have to read this argh my colleague Michael hopefully not a GR member loaned this to me clearly he knows that i am a reader but just as clearly he does not get that i like my books to have at least an edge of un reality to them you know, fantasy horror science fiction historical fiction and if not that, then just something, anything that moves them away from mainstream depictions of the modern real world now Room looks like a snap Jesus Christ on a popsicle stick, i can t believe i have to read this argh my colleague Michael hopefully not a GR me
Healthy ambition is a laudable trait and I admire people willing to reach beyond their grasp in the attempt to achieve something special I respect the author s choice to write a dark themed story narrated entirely from the perspective of a five year old boy While the unreliable narrator is nothing new in literature, its deployment here felt fresh and so I give points for that Unfortunately, that is about all I can give points for because the novel itself was a huge miss for me Huge Obviou Healthy ambition is a laudable trait and I admire people willing to reach beyond their grasp in the attempt to achieve something special I respect the author s choice to write a dark themed stor
This book was awful Emotionless Annoying.Look, I get it, it s quite difficult to write from the perspective of a 5 year old as a grown up I can hardly remember what it was like being five, and I can t even begin to write from the POV of one I do, however, know an enjoyable story when I see it, and I know when I m annoyed And I know that this book annoyed me greatly.The hallmark of any brilliant novel is the ability to make the reader empathize for the characters in the book I want to be ab This book was awful Emotionless Annoying.Look, I get it, it s quite difficult to write from the perspective of a 5 year old as a grown up I can hardly remember what it was like being five, and I can t even begin to write from the POV of one I do, however, know an enjoyable story when I see it, and I know when I m annoyed And I know that this book annoyed me greatly.The hallmark of any brilliant novel is the ability to make the reader empathize for the characters in the book I want to be able to understand and experience the joy, suffering, frustration, anger, whatever it is that the main characters and the main narrators feel I got none of that here, due in part to the emotional immaturity and lack of comprehension on the very young main characters part, and in part due to my frustration and annoyance at
I ve read about a lot of different crimes, in fardetail than I d care to remember In all the tragedies that I ve read about, manmade or otherwise, no act of violence has ever made my heart wrenchthan the prolonged imprisonment of a human being for sexual purposes It s also the crime I have the most difficulty in comprehending, as I cannot imagine the amount of inhumanity it would take to capture someone and look her in the eye, day after day for years, without mercy and without pit I ve read about a lot of different crimes, in fardetail than I d care to remember In all the tragedies that I ve read about, manmade or otherwise, no act of violence has ever made my heart wrenchthan the prolonged imprisonment of a human being for sexual purposes It s also the crime I have the most difficulty in comprehending, as I cannot imagine the amount of inhumanity it would take to capture someone and look her in the eye, day after day for years, without mercy and without pity I still get very upset when I read about these things, even yea
Prince Jackerjack 3 Everybody s damaged by something The world is always changing brightness and hotness and soundness, I never know how it s going to be the next minute Hey, there Nick Uh, hello Nice day for working in the yard, isn t it Uh, yeah Real nice Say, that is a helluva shed you re building there It s nothing special Oh, don t be modest, Nick It s a real corker It s even got a skylight for some natural light What are you going to be doing in there A little artwork Just, you know, projects and stuff You got a central AC unit f
Based on, or inspired by shocking cases like that of Josef Fritzl, Room is the story of a boy, Jack, born and raised with his captive mother in a 12 foot square room Narrated by the boy himself, it s a child s eye view of a small world housing a great deal of imagination, pain and love Packed with the emotional punch and occasional humour that comes with having a child narrator, comparisons will inevitably be drawn to John Boyne s The Boy with the Striped Pyjama