Room by Emma Donoghue was a book recommended to me by a friend. I had read the blurb on the back a few months ago but it didn’t really grab me. I can now say that I am glad that she urged me to give it a go.
This is a wonderful story about the relationship between a mother and her five year old son. The facts that we are given is that they live in a small room which has four walls and a small sky light way up high. In the room there is a double bed, a table, a bath, a toilet, a large wardrobe, a fridge, a stove, a rug and a television set.
As the story unfolds we learn about the daily routine of the mother and child, the creativity and intelligence of this little boy and the mysterious nightly visitor, known only as Old Nick.
I can’t really say much more about this book without giving away the whole plot but the theme is based on recent news events of other people who have experienced the type of environment that this family finds itself in.
The writing is a great example of imaginative storytelling with the majority of the story being told from Jack’s viewpoint. The way that the author uses language to represent how young Jack experiences his insular world is wonderfully descriptive and provides a clear image of the young boy’s thought process.
I would definitely recommend this book to a friend, just as mine did to me.
Have you read this book? What did you think about it? Please feel free to leave your comments below.