Thursday, September 30, 2010

Anyone Read This?

One book that is certainly getting a lot of buzz is Room by Emma Donoghue.
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.
Despite its horrifying premise, and the fact that the main character is only five years old, people are raving about this book, including reviewers from The New York Times and The Guardian. Other reviewers, such as one from the Los Angeles Times are not as enthusiastic.

If you've read Room, let us know what you think about it in the comments below.

Emma Donoghue has a page on her website devoted to Room where you'll find book trailers, a discussion guide, links to author interviews, and more.

Without even having read it (we have multiple holds on our copy here in Windham), It's a pretty safe bet that once this comes out in paperback, it will be a hot book discussion group title. Stay tuned.


Myra said...

I found the premise promising, but felt the book didn't actually deliver completely. Though the author did offer some insights into pyschological ramifications, the voice of the young protagonist did not ring true, and the use of some very odd syntax was never explained (we don't learn language in a vacuum and his mother did not have the same odd usage). A minor complaint, but one I found very distracting.

The book will generate some intriguing discussion points, so may well be a popular choice with book groups.


I'm reading it now, and I had the same thoughts about the language! --Diane