Saturday, March 12, 2016

Read: Room by Emma Donoghue

My review:

Saw this film before the Oscars, but I read this just after the awards show, as one of my favourite podcasts said that the book was better than the film.

Like most books, yes, it is better than the film. Although there are some parts of the film which are better, like the hair strong and the Great Escape (which I think is only referenced in the book).  The writing style reminded of one of the poems my Lit professor, wherein grammar was side-tracked, the best I can remember was from a female poet who used me instead of I. My Lit professor said that it was a matter of rhythm, and this is what this book somehow achieves.

The narrative is entirely from Jack's point of view, which makes me wonder were we all like that one point of our lives? Trying to figure out what adults meant and learning rules, what and what not to do, and most of all believing that our parents knew everything. :)

On the last point, wonder now if children feel that way that their mom and dad knows the answer to every question, as because of Google, times have changed.

Rating: 4 stars

Goodreads blurb

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another:

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