Room by Emma Donaghue


Room by Emma Donaghue

Published: 2010



Room by Emma Donaghue is the story of 5-year old Jack, and his mother.

The story is told by Jack, who lives with his Ma, in Room, a building that contains not much more than a bed, a small kitchen, a tv and a wardrobe.  It is the only world he has ever known.  We find out that Ma was kidnapped, raped and imprisoned by “Old Nick” 5 years ago.  Jack is a result of that rape.    Jack doesn’t believe there is anything outside of Room.  No other people exist,  other than Old Nick who brings them food and visits with Ma some nights.   Trees, sky, flowers, and other people only exist in the television.  When she realizes that Nick is out of work and may lose the house,  they will have to escape or die.  Convincing Jack to go outside is a big problem.  Eventually they get out.

However, that is not the end of the story.  Life on the outside is a scary place – for both of them. With all the attention, it is hard to live a normal life.  Especially when Jack just wants to go back to Room.

An exceptional story filled with so much love between mother and son.  A lot of people were critical of the way the story was told by a 5-year old.  I found it rather refreshing, and it put a unique spin on things.  

Very good book!


Favorite Quotes from Room:

“Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.”

“I’ve seen the world and I’m tired now.”

Read: 2014


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