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Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
"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 enough...not 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."
Just reading the blurb at the back of this book would probably arouse the curiosity in every person, with this question possibly asked a million more times than others: How did they get in Room in the first place, and would they ever get out? I am not going to answer that - you have to find out for yourself - but what strikes me most is the way Jack acts, thinks, and evolves in the story. It is unusual to read such graphic depiction of the way a child thinks, speaks, and feels. Donoghue has certainly done her homework in bringing to life a very believable young main character/narrator. From his point of view, you get to know about Ma, Old Nick, and his life inside Room that is described very vividly through disjointed childish language and innocent wonder. His storytelling will remind readers of their young nieces or nephews who tell stories of mundane happenings that sound like fantastic adventures. I would have expected a more traumatized Jack to appear within the pages, but what I saw was a Jack who grew up in a very isolated environment with his mother and has come to accept that Room is the whole world.
I also had to hand it over to Ma, who managed to raise Jack in such fearful and lonely circumstances creatively, even able to teach Jack to read and write and do Math with such ease as an older child.
That this book received such attention from the whole book world is not really a surprise because of the way this book was written, and how the characters were created. It's so realistic and frightening, but it was presented in such a childish way that the shock of Jack's and Ma's experience is not fully absorbed until the whole story unravels and even at some levels, becomes so fascinating and surreal. It's funny, amazing, and scary at the same time.
And the book cover? AMAZING. The scribble in a child's hand really gives this distinct feel like it's really Jack who wrote this book and not Donoghue. Just looking at the book cover already sets the mood for some intense no-putting-down-this-book reading session.
I would like to pronounce this book a must-read for every human being who breathes air and knows how to read. This should be up there with the likes of To Kill A Mockingbird, The Catcher In the Rye, among others.
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