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Room by Emma Donoghue
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Oct 26, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: books-read-2010, best-of-the-best
Read from October 21 to 23, 2010

I don't care what anyone says--this was an astounding book. It is disturbing, partly because the subject matter is disturbing, but also because the narrator is 5 years old. By that same token, some of the blow of the material is softened by being seen through the lens of a child. The book is simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming. You feel every frustration and fear of both mother and child. You truly care what happens to them, root for them, and are awed by them. In short, Donoghue is a gifted writer.

I do not understand the criticisms about the story being ripped off of true events. Yes, there have been women kept as sex slaves for years. Yes, some of them have had children. That doesn't mean that the author used those women's specific experiences for novel fodder. At least, no more so than ANY author uses any real life experiences/news stories to base books on. What else would they be based on?? Such a ludicrous claim.
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