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Room by Emma Donoghue
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Oct 25, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: bookgrouppick, 2010, alltimefavorites
Recommended for: Megan, Alexis, Pam
Read in November, 2010

Kick-you-in-your-teeth and leave-you-crying-on-the-floor good.

I haven't read a book that I couldn't put down in a very long time. When I first started reading the book I thought to myself, "Why would I want to invest time in this topic?" (Some of the book group members picked it up without knowing what the premise of the story is, so I don't want to ruin anything here.) But I'm very glad I did. Emma Donoghue turns a story we've heard on the news on its ear by telling it from the point of view of a 5-year old boy. The major themes of the story include the definition of living a normal life, how extreme circumstances affect humans and the role media plays in traumatic experiences. Highly recommended on my part.

There wasn't total agreement about this book in the group. One criticism was that the narration was limited both style-wise and by subject matter. I admit that when I first started reading the book it took me a chapter or so to understand Jack's way of communicating in the book. I thought I would not be able to read an entire novel written that way. When I started noticing clever things about the way the author wrote Jack and overcame the limitations of such a young narrator, I found my groove.
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Jason Our group had similar discussions - mostly praise, but a few were bothered by the limitations. Personally I loved it.

message 2: by Pam (new) - rated it 5 stars

Pam Ok, you convinced me that this should be my next Nook purchase.

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