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Room by Emma Donoghue
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May 24, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, kindle, love-the-cover, realistic-fiction, e-book
Recommended to Ellen by: Tasos Anastasopoulos
Read from May 24 to 29, 2011

A story told by a five-year-old boy named Jack about his life with Ma. It is presented in a different perspective, somehow seems naïve, innocent and ingenuous. The description about things in this book is unique as it was told by a little kid. The language that’s been used was also quite similar to kids’ language. It has many grammatical errors but still I found them cute. Hehe… I also liked it when Jack gave genders to some objects though sometimes it was confusing.

Firstly, I have to say that the story went in a very slow pace at the first 30% of the pages. I kept on guessing and wondering what could be happening to Jack and Ma. But it wasn’t told anywhere yet. Just the stories about Jack and Ma’s activities in ‘Room’ were mentioned there. Even though, I enjoyed the story so much. I liked those things they did to spend the time inside Room. I loved it when they played games, when they did Physical Education, when they read book, those rhyming phrase battles were funny as well, and I loved that part the most. I could see how Ma and Jack loved each other. Oh so lovely… Ma and Jack related in a very special kind of way that kept them survived in the strange situation they had to face – IMPRISONMENT for more than 5 years.

Then after some while, the story went faster and more thrilling in a way. But for me it went too fast at one point, it was when they were trying to escape from Room. It was so exciting reading that part though, breath-taking either, and then it went slower again after…

I’ve read some reviews telling that Donoghue stole the idea of the story from some true stories about girls who were being abducted and imprisoned for many years of their lives. I also knew some of those stories. Well, I found “Room” still is different from the others. Room itself doesn’t so much focus on the abduction or the imprisonment, but more on the relationship of a young girl and her son. How they lived and survived even though they didn’t see the outside world. Ma still managed to rear Jack all by herself and taught him so many things that he could grow up to be a smart and loving boy. Then when they got out from Room, there was told as well how Jack tried to adjust to the new world he hadn’t seen before aside from TV shows he watched.

Donoghue also presented the story not in a usual way that makes Room different from other similar stories. I found many sweet things inside that moved me so much to know how love can grow between a mother and a child…

One of the sweet things I found in the book...

“It must be terrible to not have any,” Grandma tells her

“Any what?” says Ma

“Pictures of Jack when he was a baby and a toddler,” she says. “I mean, just to remember him by.”

Ma’s face is all blank. “I don’t forget a day of it.”


Grandma’s face is twisted. “You know --“

“What?” Ma waits. “What is it?”

“I didn’t forget a day of you either.”

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23.0% "hmm.. still wondering... i think they live under the ground..."
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Tasos Anastasopoulos but they can see outside right..? "the Skylight"..?

Ellen Isabella Hmm.. Perhaps there is a bit of light coming from somewhere... Still I think they live under the ground or perhaps in the basement of this Old Nick's workplace...

Tasos Anastasopoulos yes it's his workshop for sure it's already mentioned after all...

Ellen Isabella Yes... I think so...

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