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Review of Room by Emma Donoghue

by - October 18, 2010

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.

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So, I read quite a lot of comments and reviews stating that Jack, the 5 year old male character in this book, doesn't work, the way he talks doesn't fit that of a five year old. To be fair to Emma, he's not your typical five year old anyway and I found myself falling in love with this strange little character. Jack is quite naive, which is understandable, he's lived in a small room his entire life. 
This book provokes some really interesting questions. What would you do, if at 19 you had been kidnapped and forced to live in a 11x11 room, having to give birth to your kidnappers child and then raise him by yourself? What would your life be like if you were Jack, how is he going to cope with a world that has just become so much bigger than he could ever imagine?


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