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 d...moreWhile 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.(less)
It might sound odd and insignificant compared to all the horrendous and painful things Jaycee went through in the eighteen years that she was held cap...moreIt might sound odd and insignificant compared to all the horrendous and painful things Jaycee went through in the eighteen years that she was held captive but what really affected me the most is how very normal she was. Seeing that she liked KT Turnstall's Black Horse and a Cherry Tree and One Republic in 2006 carried me back to when I liked those songs. She liked music. Just like me! She even liked the same songs I did! I'm not sure what I expected but this surprised me more than anything else. That she can be in such a situation and be NORMAL and actually HOPEFUL. It still amazes me how humans in dire situations become very adjusted since that's all they can really do. Adjust. And people not in dire situations as such bemoan, complain and whine every chance they get without realizing they have so much to be grateful for. At one time she was grateful for the birds singing and the rain. What's more is that it makes you think about your life and the pain you have and wonder if it's really necessary. Does a bad boss really compare to having your first baby at fourteen? Does having a fight with a friend really compare to having no other friend than the man that rapes you? Does having a fight with your mother really compare to not seeing her for eighteen years and even forgetting how she looks?
Although it's written in very simple language, I liked it for its content. Jaycee is very courageous and inspiring to me as I can imagine it would be for those of you who often get troubled by how superficial life can seem sometimes. While a good bit of years is understandably left out, I wasn't at all disappointed. It was interesting to see her thought processes as well. For instance, when she lost her purse once on a trip to a clothes store and never wanted to go out again because at home she knew what to expect. I can't even begin to understand her psyche which is probably why I'm attracted to cases like this. How someone can resign their self to and cope with a situation like that is definitely one of the more interesting things in life. (less)
So far I've reached about chapter 8 and The Immortal Life is proving to be much, much more interesting than expected because of the many different per...moreSo far I've reached about chapter 8 and The Immortal Life is proving to be much, much more interesting than expected because of the many different personalities I get to indirectly meet.
Being a biography, it wouldn't fly well with some because it would seem as if rebecaskloot.com strayed from the point a lot but I'm enjoying this for whatever reason.
I can't say anything bad about this book because it's so well researched and while it's non-fiction, it keeps me more intrigued than any other ficton book I've read since the J.K. Rowling days.
The writing is simple, effortless. I'm slowly falling in love with The Immortal Life as but as I've only just started, I have an open mind for any discrepancies I might encounter.(less)