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Room by Emma Donoghue
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May 16, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: adult-fiction

I felt like a voyeur reading this and, if I had not skimmed ahead and seen that life picked up for Ma and Jack, I would have packed it in. Room contains a 26 year old woman who was snatched off the streets by Old Nick when she was 19. The story is narrated by her son, who is 5 years old and Room is the only world he has ever known. It is an interesting idea and I am sure it is well done as an exercise in how a 5 year old might think and react. But overall, can't say I am glad I spent the time on it.

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