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Room by Emma Donoghue
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Jun 03, 2011

it was amazing

This is a wonderful book. The choice the author makes in framing the story's point of view drives the theme without becoming heavy handed, and her choice of allusion provides surprising insight. I thought a few times while reading this, "how did she do that?" and, for someone like me who would like to be a writer, that question is a thrilling reading moment. There is also a satisfaction in how the author infuses the story with observations on recent pop-spiritual- claims like the awful morality of "The Shack" or the insipid self-focused wishful thinking of Oprah Winfrey's America, and with her consistent voice, articulated by innocent stoicism, presents the idea that one does not need to believe in imaginary necessities as a strategy to reconcile suffering. One only need recognize that they are capable of loving and being loved because evil is defeated when we take care of those we love.
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Reading Progress

June 3, 2011 – Started Reading
June 3, 2011 – Shelved
June 3, 2011 –
page 175
June 4, 2011 – Finished Reading

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