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ISBN13: 9780316098328
ISBN10: 0316098329
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Christin, August 19, 2012 (view all comments by Christin)
Amazing book! I literally could not put it down and ended up reading it all in one sitting. That's all I've done today!

With a premise like the one in this book, it would have been easy to get mired in the darkness and horror of everything they (Ma, especially) had to endure, but thankfully Donoghue doesn't go for the shock value. She doesn't shy away from the many difficulties they face even after escaping, but by having Jack be the narrator, his young age and innocence provides just enough distance from the major horrors that the story instead becomes much more focused on the ways humans manage to survive and create lives for themselves even in the worst of circumstances.

Amazingly written, very powerful novel.
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louiseborgselius, January 23, 2012 (view all comments by louiseborgselius)
Love it!!! I have never cried and laughed at the same time when i`ve been reading a book!
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Lysa, January 23, 2012 (view all comments by Lysa)
I truly enjoyed this disturbing book.
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Oanh, January 23, 2012 (view all comments by Oanh)
I was riveted with this book. It showcases how a mother will do anything to give her child a "normal" life, despite their circumstances.
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Kenara MacDonald, January 20, 2012 (view all comments by Kenara MacDonald)
Now probably the best book I've read in the last two years!
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Donoghue, Emma
Back Bay Books
Literature-A to Z
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Product details pages Back Bay Books - English 9780316098328 Reviews:
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Emma Donoghue mines current headlines for her harrowing account of a young women held captive in a room for years. Forced to bear a child by her captor, "Ma" becomes increasingly desperate to escape her one-room hell. On the other hand, Jack, her 5-year-old son, loves "Room" — it is his entire world. Narrated by Jack, this terrifying story is so worth the angst you will experience reading it. Heartbreaking, hopeful, gripping, and flat-out fantastic, Room will stay with you long after you put it down.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "At the start of Donoghue's powerful new novel, narrator Jack and his mother, who was kidnapped seven years earlier when she was a 19-year-old college student, celebrate his fifth birthday. They live in a tiny, 11-foot-square soundproofed cell in a converted shed in the kidnapper's yard. The sociopath, whom Jack has dubbed Old Nick, visits at night, grudgingly doling out food and supplies. Seen entirely through Jack's eyes and childlike perceptions, the developments in this novel — there are enough plot twists to provide a dramatic arc of breathtaking suspense — are astonishing. Ma, as Jack calls her, proves to be resilient and resourceful, creating exercise games, makeshift toys, and reading and math lessons to fill their days. And while Donoghue (Slammerkin) brilliantly portrays the psyche of a child raised in captivity, the story's intensity cranks up dramatically when, halfway through the novel and after a nail-biting escape attempt, Jack is introduced to the outside world. While there have been several true-life stories of women and children held captive, little has been written about the pain of re-entry, and Donoghue's bravado in investigating that potentially terrifying transformation grants the novel a frightening resonance that will keep readers rapt. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review A Day" by , "Reading Room is an experience that you'll never forget. It's difficult to imagine a more poignant portrait of two lives — all splashed with primary colors but deeply shadowed by pain and anguish. Your feelings are stretched so thin that at points, you're not sure if you can keep reading through to the end. Yet, you're compelled to, driven by the hope for survival and redemption, and, ultimately, you arrive, profoundly affected." (Read the entire review)
"Review" by , "Talented, versatile Donoghue relates a searing tale of survival and recovery, in the voice of a five-year-old boy....Wrenching, as befits the grim subject matter, but also tender, touching and at times unexpectedly funny."
"Review" by , "one of the most affecting and subtly profound novels of the year.... You need to enter this small, harrowing place prepared only to have your own world expanded."
"Review" by , "An emotionally draining read, yet at the same time impossible to put down, it has all the makings of a modern classic. Donoghue's inventive storytelling is flawless and absorbing"
"Review" by , "[Room] is a triumph, a celebration of the lengths we go to for our loved ones, and the comfort in the skewed world that relationships create."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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