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Room by Emma Donoghue
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Sep 13, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: bookish-2011-winter, rws-2010-winter, audiobooks, 2011-read
Read from January 24 to February 07, 2011

The reader for the unabridged audio version did a fantastic job of capturing Jack's voice as a strange five-year-old who, until midway through the book, has never been outside of Room. The story, told from Jack's perspective, is of a kidnapping and rape victim who is imprisoned in a reinforced garden shed and her son, Jack, who was born in the shed.

The imagining of the way Jack and his "Ma" spent their days in Room, the games and inside jokes they created, and the way Ma shaped Jack's world for him was truly compelling. While the writing was a bit goofy--Jack talks about the objects in Room as proper nouns (Rug, Shelf, Table, etc.) and has trouble with the grammar for things and people outside of Room and beyond himself and Ma--it worked to pull me into Jack's story.

Highly recommended and not nearly as depressing or disturbing as I feared it would be.
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