Book Review: Room by Emma Donoghue

“Jack is five. He lives with his Ma. They live in a single, locked room. They don’t have the key. Jack and Ma are prisoners.”
This book is like nothing that I have read before. The story is intense, the approach towards the story is quite unique and its such a very emotional read.
The narrator is a five year old boy, Jack. He has spent his whole life in the room, with his mother. Jack’s whole world is within the room. For him, life doesn’t exist outside the room. The only other “human being” he knows is Old Nick…their captor. Jack’s mother has done everything in her hand to give Jack a “normal” upbringing.
It takes time to get used to Jack’s way of speaking and looking at the world but that is actually one of the strongest things about the books. Jack faithfully narrates everything that is happening around him, but interprets everything with the understanding of a 5 year old, so there are some instances in the book which are described very innocently but as a reader when you read between the lines you become aware of their horrific life in captivity.
This is an extremely interesting novel.The author has done a brilliant job with the narration through the little boy’s eyes. It is definitely a hard book to read, mainly because of the narration but once you pass that ,you have a beautiful story about the relationship between a little boy and his mother, that touches your heart.
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