Room

Paperback, 336 pages

English language

Published Dec. 23, 2010 by Picador.

ISBN:
9780330519021

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4 stars (17 reviews)

Room (London: Picador; Toronto: HarperCollins Canada; New York: Little Brown, 2010), Emma Donoghue's Man-Booker-shortlisted seventh novel, is the story of a five-year-old called Jack, who lives in a single room with his Ma and has never been outside. When he turns five, he starts to ask questions, and his mother reveals to him that there is a world beyond the walls. Told entirely in Jack’s voice, Room is no horror story or tearjerker, but a celebration of resilience and the love between parent and child.

An international bestseller as soon as it was published in August 2010, Room has now sold well over two million copies. It won the Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize (for best Canadian novel), the Commonwealth Prize (Canada & Carribbean Region), the Canadian Booksellers’ Association Libris Awards (Fiction Book and Author of the Year), the Forest of …

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Review of 'Habitación' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Buff, qué dura la historia. Toda ella. La de dentro de la Habitación y la de fuera. ¿Cómo manejar una situación así, un secuestro, siete años recluída en una habitación, un embarazo, un parto, un hijo recluído contigo? ¿Cómo no volverse loca?

Y qué tensión, qué agobio tan inmenso. Me ha gustado mucho, la verdad.

Review of 'Room' on 'GoodReads'

4 stars

A positive book despite the grim subject matter, that does an excellent job of questioning how we live in Outside, the real world, and out attitudes to waste, space and community. Simple language throughout without being condescending - great book.

Review of 'Room' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Jack is rather smart for his age, he has a curious mind and always wants to know the answers to everything; but Jack doesn’t know much about what is in the world, since he was born in captivity. Room tells the story of a 5 year old and his mother who was kidnapped 7 years ago and locked in a room 11x11feet. Emma Donoghue got the idea for this book after reading about five-year-old Felix in the Fritzl case and this is an attempt to understand what the child’s views of the world. There is a lot of interesting aspects in this book, including the fact they call their captor Old Nick; which in old Christianity was a name used when referring to the devil.

While I was expecting this book to be dark and disturbing, this is really accessible to all readers (granted I would prefer darker) and doesn’t …

Review of 'Room' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I'm still trying to decide what I want to say about this book. And, can I say what I want without including spoilers?

I keep comparing it to McCarthy's The Road, a bit unfavorably. I haven't figured out why yet, but while I was wrecked by the tragedies endured by the characters in McCarthy's book, each setback faced by Jack and Ma in Donaghue's book made me mad at the author. In the former, I was absorbed by the setting and characters. In the latter, I was always aware of the author and the construction of the story, aware of the author as manipulator.

Still mad.

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