Room – Emma Donoghue (2010)


Imagine what life must be like for a child born in captivity. A child born to a kidnap and rape victim and her kidnapper. That is what Canadian author Emma Donoghue attempted with Room. Told from the perspective of a five year old boy named Jack, who believes that the outside world is just “TV” – imaginary. Every item in their secured bunker is named and a character in Jack’s world, creating a magical place with his Ma. His Ma teaches him, does exercises with him, and works to shield him from the violence of “Old Nick”. The book is believably a child’s voice, and the book is impossible to put down. Now an Academy Award winning film, Room has gained some much warranted praise over the years. It is a hard read, but not as chilling as one would expect, as Jack is not a reliable narrator, and is shielded from the more traumatic aspects of his captivity. I highly recommend this book. 

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