Lock yourself up in Room by Emma Donoghue

February 18th, 2011 Posted in Fiction, Kim, Uncategorized

On second thought, the title of this blog post might be a little insensitive, considering nearly half of Emma Donoghue’s Room takes place in a one-room cell where our narrator and his mother have been imprisoned. Insensitive or not, Room is the kind of book that grabs at you and doesn’t let go.

The two most notable and compelling aspects of the book, in my opinion, are the premise and the voice in which it’s written. The book is about a young girl who was kidnapped from a college campus and imprisoned in a make shift cell in the backyard of Old Nick, the story’s villain. Sexually abused, she gives birth to a son, who at the time of the story is five years old. Jack, the little boy, is the narrator and Donoghue does an incredible job of exposing their world through his lens. As Jack becomes more capable of understanding the Room, do does the reader learn more about how his mother got there, as well as what it will take to escape.

This book is compelling and suspenseful from page one, in addition to being loving and heartfelt. Literary and genre readers alike will fall in love with this story as it is equally impressive in the quality of its writing as it is in entertainment value.

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