Room by Emma Donoghue
Fiction. Published 2010.
Read: October 2011, 321 pages
To five year old Jack, Room is the world. It’s where he was born, it’s where he and his Ma eat, sleep, play, and learn. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in Wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it’s the prison where she has been held since she was nineteen. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in the 11′ x 11′ space. But Jack’s curiosity is building alongside her own desperation and she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.
This book was a gift and I have to admit it took a while to get started, as the beginning of the book is slow paced. Jack narrates the book in his perspective. All he knows is Room and its’ contents. Eventually, when you come to realize how and why he is in Room, the plot thickens and it is hard to put down. Jack is a lovable character and the book is an easy read that I recommend.
Jack is smart and interesting. All he knows is Room and his perceptive on events and circumstances remains innocent. He doesn’t learn that Outside is real until he is five. He is trapped with his Ma in an 11′ x 11′ garden shed and only knows of the bringer Old Nick who carries out the trash, brings Sundaytreat, and other essentials like pants and food.
When Jack learns of the Outside it’s impossible for him to believe. Ma comes up with a farfetched plan for Jack to escape Room by playing dead. Jack loves his Ma and Room. He is against the plan, but eventually goes through with the plot and is Ma’s rescuer after seven long years of captivity.
The story continues as Jack learns of the Outside, relatives, and about aspects of Ma he never knew. This incredible little boy tells of unconquerable love and a moving experience.
We were locked up, now we’re rap stars. Oh my go–you’re that boy! The one–Lorana get over here. You’ll never believe it. It’s the boy, Jack, the one on TV from the shed. -p295