Room, Paperback book


by Emma Donoghue

4.15 out of 5 (395 ratings)

Pan Macmillan 
Publication Date:
07 January 2011 
Modern & Contemporary 


SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2010 MAN BOOKER PRIZESHORTLISTED FOR THE 2011 ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTIONJack 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.

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  • This story is told from the point of view of 5-year old Jack. Jack lives in Room with Ma, and has for his entire life. Wow! This really was an amazing book! I loved the interaction between Jack and his Ma. There were a couple of parts where it wasn't as interesting as the rest. I'd say which parts, but I don't want to give anything away. However, I am still giving the book the full 5 stars. The audio was done really really well. It sounded like a child reading for Jack, but there were three other narrators, as well. I think listening to the child's voice narrate what was going on may have been a more powerful impact, as well. Excellent book!

    5.00 out of 5


  • From a 5-yr old's point of view -- the whole room is one room that he and his "ma" are kept. It's the only world he knows. When he learns about "outside" in real life, his words are charming and really sound like a small child would think. Loved it!

    5.00 out of 5


  • What hold could Old Nick have over Ma that would make that room her world? Why didn't she just leave? Or maybe she wasn't able to leave?Jack's fifth birthday definitely wouldn't be what a normal five-year-old would be delighted with, but Jack was happy to spend the day with his Ma in their ordinary, same-as-always routine. They spent every day in the "room" with the food and clothing that Old Nick provided for them.Ma doesn't allow Old Nick to see Jack but she never tells Jack why. Ma and Jack's days are creatively spent inventing things, measuring everything in the room that has been Ma's space for the past seven years, reading books and changing the characters to suit them, and watching the clock so they know when it is time to eat or sleep. They never leave their "room," and Jack really doesn't know any better or know anything about the outside world except what his Ma tells him when they read books. As much as Ma tries to protect and shelter Jack, he begins to question what is beyond the walls they live in. Ma tries to divert Jack's attention to other things, but sometimes it is unavoidable......especially the night when Jack overheard a conversation between Ma and Old Nick about him and the life Old Nick provides for her. One comment made by Old Nick that stuck in my mind was: "I don't think you appreciate how good you've got it here," "Do you?" Page 69 To me that would be highly good could life be simply living in a room and never going outside?I grew to hate Old Nick and how he treated both of them. When you find out the "whole" story, you won't want to stop reading. This book is about fear, abuse, control, a mother's love, and wanting the best for your child. At first you may want to put the book down, but don't do will share Ma's feelings of fear for Old Nick and her dependence on him and also the heartbreak of Jack's acceptance of the only life he has known. You will fall in love with sweet, innocent, literal Jack, and you will think about both characters and their experience long after you turn the last page. To me this was actually a "creative" thriller...excellent storyline. I really liked the book. 5/5

    5.00 out of 5


  • This book was such an emotional read. I always knew that I wasn't a kid person, so reading a book told from the perspective of a five-year-old was frustrating for me at times (and the breast feeding scenes were just plain disturbing) but I was really pulled into the story. Unforgettable.

    5.00 out of 5


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