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Room by Emma Donoghue
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Apr 11, 11

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Read from April 07 to 11, 2011

I don't know that I've ever had the occasion to call a book "darkly profound"...but that accurately describes Room. For this story, told in entirety through the eyes of five-year-old Jack, I would have never read past 5 pages. However, hearing the childish voice of the narrator really brings the story to life.

Jack and Ma live in Room. Jack has been in Room his whole life, but Ma has only been in Room for the last 7 years - since Old Nick kidnapped her. All of Jack and Ma's belongings are proper nouns. Jack sits at Table, sleeps in Wardrobe and watches TV (to see all of the other planets on each channel). Jack and Ma eek out a meager existence fully at the mercy of Old Nick - who visits Ma in Bed most nights.

The first part of the book is set in Room, while the second part of the book is about Ma and Jack's journey Outside. The story explores the bond between mother and child and the repercussions, both physical and psychological, of kidnapping and imprisonment.

Haunting and beautiful...
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