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5.0 out of 5 stars `We're like people in a book, and he won't let anybody else read it.'
Jack is the narrator of `Room'. Jack is excited by his fifth birthday, is curious about the world and full of energy. But Jack's physical world is contained within an 11 by 11 foot space called Room where he and his Ma live. This is Jack's world: the room and its contents, and his mother. Because we are viewing this world through Jack's eyes, we are protected in part...
Published on Sept. 2 2010 by Jennifer Cameron-Smith
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Moments
I bought this book first because of the hype surrounding it.
During the first chapter I stopped and wondered if I could or even wanted to continue reading. The voice of the boy(Jack) annoyed me the way he spoke in broken sentences and I know from my own experiences that kids at that age do not speak like that. Still, the writing itself was ok and kept me...
Published on Dec 24 2010 by A Customer
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good,
This review is from: Room (Paperback)This book is very nice and increase my knowledge. And In future I will order more books like this book
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie now please,
This review is from: Room (Kindle Edition)It took me a while to figure out what was going on but once I did I couldn't stop reading it. This story would make an awesome movie!!
3.0 out of 5 stars Drops off after the first half,
This review is from: Room (Paperback)To begin, I need to warm potential buyers of a fact of this book's structure that I wish I had known before I paid for it: the Point of View is that of a five year old boy. First person narration, but (as if often the case when adults try to write children) with advanced reading, writing and math skills. Skills that, honestly, caused my suspension of disbelief to falter while I was reading this book.
If the child were older (seven or eight, I think) this review with be one star higher.
The second star was lost because, while the first half of the book shows an interesting glimpse of how a mother attempts to keep life "normal" for her son in an abnormal situation, the second half got awfully preachy about various problems around the world. And that's not even counting the amount of times "Baby Jesus" appears in the text.
4.0 out of 5 stars Room,
This review is from: Room (Paperback)Disturbing,riveting but very good read. It was picked for our nine woman
bookclub. . The club is multigenerational : age range 35 to 73.
5.0 out of 5 stars Although Challenging, A Great Read,
This review is from: Room (Paperback)This book might just be the best thing I've read in a long time, although it could just be because of how different it is from the books I've been reading lately. My mother in law recommended it to me, saying how amazing the relationship was between mother and son. The story is about a young girl taken captive, held hostage in a garden shed. Although this book is a work of fiction, we all know that these tragic events happen worldwide, and it brings light to the years spent in captivity, and the strength a mother can have to save her son. I'll warn you now that this review is in depth, I don't feel this book can be disucussed without getting into some detail.
When I first started reading, I struggled because it is a not an easy read, not just because the subject matter is so grusome, but because it is "written" by a five year old boy; the choppy sentences, and poor grammer make it difficult to read, but eventually I got used to it.
This book is very graphic, in such an innocent way. Jack has no idea what the creaking bed means, he just counts each springy noise. He doesn't know how his mum got the bruises on her neck, he just notices how they change colour daily. It's disturbing just how much a child sees, and how much they remember, although they might not understand what is going on; they just make up stories in their heads for what makes sense to them.
We all take for granted how much we know, and how much understanding we have of the world around us. All of us accept what we see taking place on TV, although so much of what we see is make-believe, we know that it's not completely fabricated. Being able to interact with different people is a skill that we don't realize we've learnt. We all know not to take certain sayings literally, and try to think how you'd explain different things to a child that doesn't have anything to compare them to.
As I was reading, I never thought for a second that Ma and Jack would escape from the garden shed. It was so exhilerating and climatic, that in turn and by comparison the rest of the book was a let down. After their nightly escape, the book went down hill fast. Days aren't described in their entirety, they are clumped together, speeding up the pase of the book.
Ultimately this book shows how resourceful a person can be when faced with a such horrible situation. It also lets us understand that there are many different "normals." People cannot be judged from the outside, and assessed as "missing out" on something they didn't even know existed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Profound words from a five year old,
This review is from: Room (Paperback)When I first read the synopsis about Room - I was skeptical to say the least.
How could a novel written from a five year old's point of view get such high reviews.
My only regret with this book - is that it took me so long to read it!
5-year-old Jack is a great protaganist. This is one of those books where I laughed and cried at the same time. A great peice of literature!
I will admit it took around 15-20 pages to get used to Jack's train of thought. Emma Donoghue does a great job at making this characters voice sound like a typical five year old.
The story starts out light and fun. As it progresses the darkness of the reality of Jack and Ma's situation is revialed.
I am a slow reader. So when I say I read this book in three nights. It means this is a true page turner. I love this book.
SO I am now finished this book. The writing held my attention until the very last page. Definitally a five star book. One that everyone should read. Full of twists and turns. Jack truly steals your heart.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!,
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing and heart wrenching read,
This review is from: Room (Paperback)In picking up the book and reading the first page I was instantly captivated, the book was being narrated by a 5 year old boy. I had only meant to scan a few pages so I could decide whether or not I wanted to read the book that I had heard so many good things about, but when I started reading I couldn't put it down.
Jack and his Ma live in the room, a small garden shed constructed to be their prison. Ma was taken from her college campus when she was nineteen years old. That was seven years ago. Held captive in the room and subjected to her captor Ol' Nick's every demand; Ma eventually becomes pregnant and gives birth to her son Jack. Her whole life becomes her son teaching him everything at the same time shielding him from Ol' Nick by making the child sleep in a small wardrobe during his nightly visits.
After a severe beating by the man Ma decides she has had enough; that she must find a way of escape to save both herself and Jack's lives even though in the past she had made unsuccessful attempts only to enrage the man and be subjected to punishment. In a daring escape young Jack makes contact with a man and his daughter who calls the police and eventually rescues Ma. Once free from their captivity Jack is overwhelmed with the world. He had never been outside so each stimuli would bring him running to his mother for protection.
Through Jack we see the world as he experiences every breeze, insect and even people for the first time often breaking the reader's heart with the realization that this horror actually happens in shocking cases like that of Josef Fritzl.
This is an amazing and heart wrenching read simultaneously thrills and horrifies the reader. With awards an nominations such as Man Booker Prize Nominee (2011), Indies Choice Book Award for Fiction (2011), Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize (2010)and Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book in Caribbean and Canada (2011), Emma Donoghue proves she is a gifted author.
5.0 out of 5 stars great service,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Room,
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Room by Emma Donoghue (Paperback - June 24 2011)
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