Room – Emma Donoghue

Feb 20

Room – Emma Donoghue

I read this gut-wrencher by Emma Donoghue in one day. This is the tale of five year old Jack and his Ma. They spend their days in a room together. The story is uniquely told through Jack’s eyes. I thought at first that the perspective and language would be super annoying for this reader; however, Ms. Donoghue’s adept pen made the reading experience highly enjoyable.

The book takes a harsh (and realistic sounding) look at kidnapping and imprisonment. The bonds of mother and child are not sugar coated; they are beautiful one minute, disturbing the next, and frustrating a few ticks later. Like most parent and child relationships, I presume, the give and take is constant. This takes that idea to a whole new level. I laughed, I cried, I found myself unable to breathe correctly at one point. I won’t give away too much, but I promise that you will keep flipping pages to find out what happens to this woman and child next.

The movie was good, as always the book was better. Brie Larson deserved her Oscar win; I thought that Jacob Tremblay’s portrayal of Jack certainly deserved a nod, at the very least.

Who are your Oscar picks for this year? This is Book #17 of 2017, for those of you keeping track.



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