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Room by Emma Donoghue
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Jan 31, 2011

it was amazing
Read from January 31 to February 01, 2011

Just excellent.

Many folks, when they learned I was reading Donoghue's "Room" asked some variation of the question, "Isn't it grim?" For those who don't know, "Room" is the fictional account of a young woman in her 20's who had been kidnapped and kept in an 11 x 11 foot garden shed for almost seven years. However, the story is not "grim" - instead, I found it largely touching and thoughtful in its observations as it is told completely through the eyes of Jack - the woman's five year old son.

For Jack, "Room" is the entire world. It is not a horrible place; it is all he has ever known. His mother has gone to great lengths to help him thrive and develop in a clearly constrained environment. As Jack gradually gains awareness of his situation as the story unfolds, we see how he copes with both his family's history, present and future.

I don't want to share much more, lest I spoil the story's unfolding for the next reader. I really recommend it highly.


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