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Room by Emma Donoghue
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Sep 16, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: favorite-gr-finds
Read from May 13 to June 04, 2011

Most of us are unaware of how much room there is in the world or in one's individual world until all but a tiny fraction of it becomes inaccessible. And if that tiny fraction is all that we have ever known, we still have room -- or Room -- to create a world that is as large as we think it will ever need to be.

Pardon the understatement: Emma Donoghue has created an extraordinary work. Room begs to be analyzed, to be analyzed too much. But Archibald MacLeish just rented the last room in my head:
A poem should be palpable and mute / As a globed fruit, /
Dumb. . . /
Silent. . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A poem should not mean / But be. ("Ars Poetica")

Did someone just say, "Room is not a poem"? Really? Okay -- so what can I tell you? Want a real review of Room? Read someone else's. Mine "be" in the stars.
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Petra Eggs I'll get round to reading it, one day.


message 2: by Tom (new)

Tom I like your critical methodology, Reese: associative and calmly defiant.


message 3: by Philip (new) - added it

Philip I agree with Tom, Reese. Well done!


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