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Room by Emma Donoghue
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To Donoghue's credit, it's a laudable and seriously amazing feat to pull off a novel in the voice of a five year-old. Jack is completely convincing, and there's endless space within his narration for dramatic irony--through the great dialogue between him and his mother, all us adult readers know so much more than him (which is to say, everything) about the harrowing circumstances that brought mother and child to be imprisoned in a windowless room at the hands of a criminal. But for some reason, I read parts of Room waiting for another plot twist, for some kind of even bigger reveal--but by the end I didn't feel as exhilarated as I was lead to believe I'd be. It's objectively a very good book, and I think if you read this and have a young child, you're reminded of how fragile and incredible the bond is between you and your son or daughter...you're thrown fully into the consciousness of a human being that you created, and see what the world is like from their perspective. That's pretty amazing, but I think because I'm not yet a parent, the experience of reading this didn't (and couldn't) hit home for me.
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