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Hardcover, 323 pages
Published August 20th 2010 by Picador
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Caitlin Vail I think it's meant to seem tedious... it helps the reader relate to some of the frustrations and limitations the mother must be feelings on a regular…moreI think it's meant to seem tedious... it helps the reader relate to some of the frustrations and limitations the mother must be feelings on a regular basis, having known a world outside Room. I say read on... (less)
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j
Sep 10, 2010 j rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Such a gripping and emotional read! I'm glad I finally took the chance to pick this up and read it.
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
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Khanh (the meanie)
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
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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
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 ضوء 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


يق
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Kemper
Jan 06, 2011 Kemper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
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Tulpesh Patel
Sep 29, 2010 Tulpesh Patel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-fiction
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
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Jason
Jun 18, 2011 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-kindle, 2012, reviewed
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
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
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Deanna
I read this book a couple of years ago and it remains a favorite. Hearing that it's being made into a movie is intriguing. I'm always excited/anxious when this happens as I worry that it will replace some of things I loved most about the book...if that makes sense.

This book had such a hold on me that I finished it in two sittings. After I was done it was all I could think about for days and still think about quite often. Dora the Explorer was on TV as I was flipping channels the other day and I
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Will Byrnes
Nov 24, 2010 Will Byrnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Whitney Atkinson
Jul 22, 2016 Whitney Atkinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
This book was as interesting and twisted as I hoped it would be! The writing style was slightly jarring and I got one sentence into the audiobook before going NOPE (annoying child voice... argh), but I did end up enjoying it once I got further into it!

This book's main selling point is that it's not just your average trauma story of being locked in isolation-- it's told through the eyes of a child, and that room is all he's known for his entire life. I went into this expecting almost a thriller,
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Amalia Gavea
I've come to believe that there is a special category that includes books whose plot is well-known, whose end may be known too or clear enough for everyone to understand. And yet, they manage not only to attract your interest, but to make you really anxious, because you just want to go on reading and real life gets in the way. For some, these books may be predictable, devoid of any interest. For me, they provide meaning to the adage ''It's not about the destination, but about the journey''. Room ...more
Michelle
Nov 03, 2011 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  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
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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 of literary critics 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 Donoghue wa
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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...







Annalisa
Jul 26, 2011 Annalisa rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Steph
Sep 15, 2010 Steph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mohammed Arabey
May 18, 2017 Mohammed Arabey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A Book Room to Remember forever.. Definitely will change how you see the world after leaving it.
قصة، بل حجرة ما أن تخرج منها ستتغير نظرتك للعالم

As Jack saying Good-bye, Room., I felt really sad leaving..

I became a "Roomer".. As Jack & his Ma.
“When I was a little kid I thought like a little kid, but now I'm five I know everything.”
Our Amazing Narrator, Jack, when he turned five he learns a shocking truth about his whole 5-years life..
“Jack, Yer a wizard captive.”

Yes, he has been born in Roo
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Maureen
Feb 22, 2016 Maureen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow is all I can say about this book.
It's told from a (very smart) 5 year old's perspective but it is so powerful and moving and great.
Now I need to watch the movie, where I know I'll definitely cry.
karen
Jan 21, 2011 karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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Suzanne
Aug 01, 2015 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This was a remarkable book. Obviously this concept has sprung from a real life situation, but to be based on its own merit, I think this is a piece of work to be applauded. The characteristics from this poor little boy, and the way in which his mum dealt with her limited situation was captured with, how do I say, accuracy.. it was very skilfully implemented. I was impressed with this work and can see it had the merit to have been a short list selection for the Man Booker Prize. How would I know ...more
Luffy
Dec 05, 2016 Luffy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I willed myself to read this particular book in double quick time. I won't say what happens in the end, but the ending was dependent on the second half of the book, where we got to know one of the two main characters in the book.

There is Jack, and then his mother. Curiously enough, Jack is the narrator, and his POV is unique. He lends strength to his mother, he makes her shine with her patience, her fortitude, and her bravery. I have yet to watch the movie version, but it's no coincidence that t
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Frankie
Apr 24, 2012 Frankie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I loved this book.
Heard so much about it before I finally picked it up.
Really unique perspective.
Tatiana
Sep 14, 2010 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tatiana by: Booker nomination
Shelves: contemporary, 2010
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Fabian
Jun 08, 2012 Fabian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The effort deserves much applause indeed. The story is given to us via a peculiar POV: that of a five-year old boy who has never left the titular place, has lived all five years in extreme isolation with his mother. His innocence and curiosity is both unnerving & obnoxious. The overly deconstructionist prose is often times incoherent, then, just out of the blue, the kid gives us a brave listing of all the components that may carry with them a patina of poetry—in other words the authenticity ...more
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Emma is the youngest of eight children of Frances and Denis Donoghue. She attended Catholic convent schools in Dublin, apart from one year in New York at the age of ten. In 1990 she earned a first-class honours BA in English and French from University College Dublin, and in 1997 a PhD (on the concept of friendship between men and women in eighteenth-century English fiction) from the University of ...more
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