While I was reading Room, I felt good. How? How can I read about something as disturbing as two people trapped in a 11 by 11 foot room by a mentally dWhile I was reading Room, I felt good. How? How can I read about something as disturbing as two people trapped in a 11 by 11 foot room by a mentally disturbed individual and feel good? I did because this is exactly what Emma Donoghue wanted.
Before starting to read this book, I was unwillingly prurient. Unwilling because cases like these scare me to the point of where I can't sleep. I extensively researched cases like Priklopil, Fritzl, Kampusch, Gugard. Prurient because these stories fascinate me because they're testimony to how indomitable the human spirit is. They give me hope. I can't help myself but research these things.
So why didn't room horrify me? Because Jack wasn't horrified. His reality was what it was. The story told from his perspective detached me from the horrific elements enough to enjoy other aspects. His language. The dynamics of a mother/son relationship. The love they both shared with each other. The funny thought processes of an innocent, naive five year old. Emma D's imagination allows us to see how ironic it can be to not want to be in the world after coming out of a situation like that. She reminds us of the wonderful and the not-so-wonderful things of this world and simultaneously reminds of what's important.
There were two things which resonated within me after finishing. Firstly, how difficult change can be. How crippling. Clinging to the familiar is such an easy thing to do, so much so, that it doesn't matter what the familiar is. Secondly, how modernity has us wrapped up in it's web of distractions or the effects of capitalism , so much so, that we value being on the interwebs or working overtime more than spending quality time getting to know our loved ones. Communicating. In Room, the only distraction they had was five books each and a television. They were forced to play, talk, and just generally spend time with each other.
All in all, I loved Room. It embodies exactly the kind of imagination and meticulousness I've been craving from a fiction book for a long time....more