Friday, December 28, 2012

310 (2012 # 55). Room

by Emma Donoghue

What if the only home you ever knew consisted of an 11x11 foot room with only a skylight, shared with your mother?  That's the world for five-year-old Jack, the narrator of Room.   Ma has created a structured environment for Jack, with regular times for routine activities, and he thinks his life is normal.  For Ma, however, Room is a prison.  She has been a captive of Old Nick, her frequent nighttime visitor, for seven years.  Not too long after Jack's fifth birthday, she decides it's time to escape.

Author Emma Donoghue does an excellent job conveying Jack's unusual development, the life his mother has contrived for him in the Room, and his perceptions of everything outside of it, especially once they are there.

By telling this story (based somewhat on the real Fritzl case, according to the author) through the eyes of an innocent child, the reader is removed somewhat from  the horror of the situation.  This is a riveting story; highly recommended.

© Amanda Pape - 2012

[I received this book as a gift.  It will be passed on to someone else to enjoy.]

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