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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....more
Hardcover, 321 pages
Published August 30th 2010 by Harper Collins (first published January 1st 2010)
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Joel
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...more
TheGirlBytheSeaofCortez
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 disliked Room and yes, I do have specific reasons why.

I can’t imagine anyone not knowing the basic plot of Room, but for...more
mark monday
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...more
Stephen
Healthy ambition is a laudable trait and I admire people willing to reach beyond their grasp in the attempt to achieve something special.
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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...more
Wendy Darling
I've read about a lot of different crimes, in far more detail 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 wrench more than 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...more
Tulpesh Patel
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 Pyjamas. In my opinion, Room surpass...more
Jason
Have you ever see that 1997 film Life Is Beautiful? No? Well, it’s about this Italian Jew who is sent to a concentration camp with his wife and son during World War II, and in order to shield his son from the horrors of war, he tells him that they are really just playing a super fun game and that everyone in the camp is a contestant. Not surprisingly, his son believes the whole thing (kids are pretty dumb, right?) and he is able to maintain this ruse right up until the Allied invasion. So, Room...more
Kemper
“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 for it? Plus, I see you put some furniture and a fridge in there. If you were married, I’d think you were...more
Annalisa
Jul 30, 2011 Annalisa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Book clubs
Wow. A book hasn't swallowed me whole like that in a long time. This one will be haunting be for awhile. I wish I could tell you what it's about, but I wish I hadn't read the back cover 30 pages or so into and changed my own perception. It's best to figure it out along with the story.

I will say that it's about a 5-year-old boy who has never left the room where he lives. His whole world is Room and Bed and Rug. It's a little jarring to read from his point of view and I was worried I wasn't going...more
Michelle
Nov 07, 2011 Michelle rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to read about a five-year-old breastfeeding every seven pages.
Recommended to Michelle by: Yoga book club
Shelves: novels, book-club
This book didn't have a chance with me.
1. It was written from the perspective of a five-year-old boy.
2. For the first two thirds of the book the kid was annoying.
3. The mom breastfeeds the kid a lot. I counted twelve times before I stopped counting. The kid creeped me out by talking about which boob tasted better.

Why read it?
It was this month's selection for a book club I am part of. It wasn't my pick.

Why two stars rather than one?
Well, I'll be damned if I didn't start to feel sorry for the po...more
Steph
A novel narrated by a five year old? I'm not a kid person at all so do not think you need to be a mother to appreciate this story. There is something about Jack's way of looking at Room and at Outside that is refreshing instead of irritating. It's nice to not be dragged down by all the complexities of an adult narrator for a change and I know I would have given this story less stars if it were told through his mother's eyes. This is a story that Jack needed to tell and I am very happy that he di...more
Tatiana
Nov 02, 2010 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tatiana by: Booker nomination
Shelves: 2010, contemporary
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karen

here's a confession:

if i voted for your review of this book before today, i had not fucking read it. oops, sorry! (upon quickfast, sherlockian investigation, i now know that only means two of you - and i read the first half of both of them before, i swear, and have now read them in their entireties) but i didn't want anything spoilt for me. i didn't want to know if the book was triumphant or devastating or funny or tragic or philosophical or melodramatic. i wanted the tone to be surprising, i wa...more
Mith
ARGH! NO! NO! NO! IF I HAVE TO READ ONE MORE ASININE CHAPTER, WRITTEN FROM A FIVE-YEAR OLD'S POV, ON THE MUNDANE THINGS THEY DO IN THE ROOM ALL DAY, WITHOUT HAVING THE PLOT PROGRESS EVEN REMOTELY, I'LL... I'LL...







K.D. Absolutely
Sep 17, 2010 K.D. Absolutely rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I-read-to-be-entertained-only kind of readers
Recommended to K.D. by: None
Shelves: booker, drama
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Ruth
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La Petite Américaine
Room has been called "remarkable," and "sensational." It was not only shortlisted for the Booker Prize, but it was also chosen as a Favorite Book of 2010 by our fair goodreads community, proving once again that heads are up asses in the world of literary criticism and readers everywhere.

How this book is anything but blither is beyond me.

The reality is that the plot for this book was ripped from the headlines, based on the stories of Jaycee Dugard, Natascha Kampusch, and the Fritzl family. Emma...more
Cecily
THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY?

This seems to be a real Marmite book (love it or loathe it, with no fence-sitting), so I'm going to mix my metaphors: I bit the bullet, to see which way the wind was blowing and was surprised to find myself sitting on the empty fence. I was very undecided about stars, but there are many much better books I've given 3*, so this gets 2*, even though there was, on reflection, more to it than I first thought. The quality of the writing is not sufficient for 3*.

Overall...more
Nandakishore Varma
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 0.125* of five

I couldn't finish it. P88 or so, I said to myself, "Self," I said, "you are being manipulated, Self, and it feels so cynical and so heartless that even you, Self, cynical old heartless bastard that we are, can't stand it."

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Will Byrnes
What makes up the world to five-year-old Jack, our window into life in Room? His mother for sure, a loving, very engaged 24/7 presence. Old Nick is an occasional visitor, although only glimpsed through the almost-closed doors of a wardrobe. A skylight allows Jack and Ma to see the sun, and sometimes the moon. A television offers a view on Outside, the world beyond Room. Jack and his 26-year-old mother get through their days with a strict schedule, a rich imaginative life and absolute love for ea...more
Huda Yahya

غرفة : عندما ترى العالم بعيون طفل

في كلِّ مكانٍ في العالم
ستجد عيون طفلٍ متسعة
تتلألأ فيها الرغبة في المعرفة
وتشم فيه رائحة الخيال

الجميل والمختلف في هذه الرواية ،هي أنّها يتم سردها عبر جاك الطفل الصغير
والسؤال هو كيف يمكن لبالغٍ أن يتحمل رواية كاملة
برؤية ،وبلغة طفل
لم يرى نور الشمس لسنواته الخمس؟

هنا تكمن براعة إيما

استطاعت أن تبقينا مشدودين مع هذا الطفل الظريف بلا ملل
بل ستندهش لرؤية العالم من خلال عيونه المندهشة
فهي ليست عينا طفل عادي
بل طفلٍ لم يعرف سوى شكل الغرفة التي عاش بها
ولم يتصور عالماً غيرها


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letterbyletter
Room, as five-year old Jack calls home, is the only place he's known. But for his mother, it's been her prison since she was abducted seven years ago. The story is compelling--a mother's love creates a world for her son in a single room, even as she grows more and more desperate.

Yet, I could not connect with the narrative. Told in the voice of Jack, the story felt contrived. It never felt like the story of a five-year old, but the story of a five-year old as told by an adult. Every few pages, I...more
Laurel
**This review contains a slight spoiler for those who want to know nothing of the book before reading it.**

I had a bit of an unusual perspective reading (or listening to) this book. In some sense, I was already very familiar with Room. Not the book itself, and not Jack's room specifically, of course. But, much like Jack and his mother, I too have been confined indoors, primarily to a single room, day-in and day-out, for more years than I'd like to think about.

My situation is obviously quite a b...more
Stephanie
I listen to a lot of audio books…… I don’t have the time to sit down and read all the books I want. I’m a slow reader *sigh*, but along came the Ipod and the Audible and yay for me!

I don’t passively listen to books (unless I’m driving) It is always when I am actively doing something else, usually something quite boring like housework or grocery shopping. Or something that is not boring but is second nature like artwork. So, I’m listening to Room and something odd happens….. I want to sit down a...more
Diane
I read "Room" three years ago and it still creeps me out. Every time there's a story on the news about someone being held captive, I think of this book.

The novel opens with Jack announcing that he's 5 years old today. We learn that Jack lives in a small room with his mom, and that he's never been outside of the room. They have a TV, but he doesn't think anything on it is real -- the only thing that's real is what's in the room. Sometimes an angry man comes and gets in the bed with his mom; durin...more
Vivienne
This was the first of my Man Booker Shadowing Group reads and as such I am looking at it from a dual perspective: as to whether I judge it worthy of the 2010 award and if it works as a novel.

I feel 'Room' could herald a new sub-genre - the fictional equivalent of the Misery Memoir - MizFic. Oh dear.

It felt much more suited to being chosen for the Oprah Book Club than on the shortlist for a literary prize of this calibre. It is literary chiclit appealing to sentiment and at times it really milk...more
Boof
I want to start by saying that I loved this book - loved it! When I see other reviews, prior to me reading a book, that state phrases like "unputdownable" and "kept me up all night" I tend to get very excited and have, in the past, been let down upon reading the book for myself. Not so with Room - believe the hype, people!

Room is narrated by five-year-old Jack who was born and still lives in an 11' by 11' shed with his Ma. Jack has never know any other life, and as far as he is concerned Room i...more
Ariel
A 4.5 - a brilliant novel.

Room really took me by surprise. I'd heard great things, yes, but for some reason I didn't think it sounded like the type of story I would personally really enjoy. I found the audiobook of this at my library and decided to try it out - and boy am I glad I did.

A note on the audiobook: the audiobook (produced by Hachette) is read by a five year old. A FIVE YEAR OLD. It put everything into such perspective. There was no escaping the narrator, no escaping the truth that you...more
Jennifer (aka EM)
Dec 30, 2010 Jennifer (aka EM) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jennifer (aka EM) by: Vickee, Jan, others
Words are so 2010; I'm doing all my 2011 reviews as infographics:

infographic of Room

The tweet: Oskar and Christopher walked farther, but Jack has further to go.

Lots of pluses: Unique and compelling voice of a child protagonist. If you liked Oskar and Christopher, you’ll love Jack. Treads a little too close to preciousness in some spots, but Donohoe uncovers the themes of parenting, trauma, psychological resilience, and the triumph of imagination, the inner world and the bond between mother and child over horror b...more
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