Room by Emma Donoghue

Room by Emma Donoghue‘Lots of the world seems to be a repeat.’ A little boy born into a world of a single locked room finally goes Outside and struggles to process all the new information while his mother struggles to accept the horror of their confinement. Emma Donoghue’s story told from 5 year old Jack’s perspective is truly powerful. It focuses mainly on the resilience of Ma and Jack with Old Nick an evil presence in the background of the story.  Ma is imaginative in trying to help Jack thrive in captivity; creating rituals to help the days pass, a running track so their muscles don’t waste away and vocabulary activities to keep their brains active. All this while patiently answering every question honestly… or bending the truth to make their existence in that room bearable. Do we have the right to judge her choices? This book is in the RRL Book Club for a reason… it is a must read for adults!  Visit http://www.roomthebook.com/inside/ for the author’s traumatic research into this topic and how she used the passionate yet unsentimental attitude of a child with moments of humour to tell this story.

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