A Novel

Book - 2010 | 1st Canadian ed. --
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WINNER! 2010 Rogers Writers' Trust Award for Fiction

SHORTLISTED for the 2010 Man Booker Prize

SHORTLISTED for the 2010 Governor General's Award

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It's where he was born and where he and his Ma eat and play and learn. At night, Ma puts him safely to sleep in the wardrobe, in caseOld Nick comes.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it's the prison where Old Nick has kept her for seven years, since she was nineteen. Through ingenuity and determination, Ma has created a life for herself and her son, but she knows it's not enough for either ofthem. Jack's curiosity is building alongside Ma's desperation -- and Room can't contain either of them for much longer...

Told entirely in the inventive, often funny voice of Jack, Room is a celebration of the resilient bond between parent and child, and a brilliantly executed novel about a journey from one world to another.

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Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2010.
Edition: 1st Canadian ed. --
ISBN: 9781554688319
Branch Call Number: FIC Donog af 33164004310608 f 30.00 fic 281982 cpy 1 aurora
FIC Donog af 33164004310616 f 30.00 fic 281981 cpy 1 aurora
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Characteristics: ix, 321 p.


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Apr 13, 2021

Couldn't put it down!

WPL_Erin Mar 12, 2021

Fantastic novel told from the perspective of the child.

Dec 31, 2020

I actually heard the audio version of this book and it was wonderful. I have not yet seen the movie which has been out for a while, but it's on my to do list.

Sep 28, 2020

This story is told almost entirely from the imaginative perspective of Jack, a very intelligent five-year-old boy whose entire life is confined to a small Room. His only companion is Ma, his loving mother, who has lived in Room for seven years following her brutal kidnapping and rape. Honestly, I wasn't expecting much from this book. The plot is obvious and can only really go in one direction. Who wants to read about the adventures of a child's toys? But like Jack's tenuous life, this story is held together by the strong bond between mother and child. This is the original source material for the 2015 Academy Award winning film starring Brie Larson.

Jul 30, 2020

Room was an excellent book. The narrator did an awesome job. The story was very touching. After listening to the audio, I watched the movie. Both were good.

Jul 20, 2020

Could not put this book down. I would have liked to see more of the characters' new beginning.

May 07, 2020

I couldn't get into this book like I wanted too. Thought it sounded very interesting, just wasn't the best.

FPL_Sunita Mar 16, 2020

Room by Emma Donoghue is a powerful, captivating & thought provoking tale highlighting the bond between mother and son.

Mar 10, 2020

This is one of the most irritating books I've read in a long time, and I really wish I'd picked something else from this author. I'm not exactly sure why this particular book has so much hype around it. The narrator is semi-realistic---- enough so that the story rambles on and on and ON just like a child who doesn't want to take a nap. But there's enough noticeable flaws, as in, things a little kid wouldn't say/think/notice, that keeps the book from being very engaging. A story like this needs to really absorb the reader, and I didn't find that possible at all, since it's literally an entire book written in baby-talk. That combined with the (appropriately) claustrophobic atmosphere made it difficult to even finish it. The story was intriguing enough that I forced myself to finish it, just for the sake of knowing what happens, but I'd never found myself getting into it or even caring about the characters. Perhaps this would've been a better book had the narrative switched between the mother and the son's perspectives. Or maybe, this story would've been better composed as a short story or a novella. It's simply too long for what it is, and halfway through becomes unbearably grating, where I found myself just wanting to know what happened to get it over with.

FPL_Sunita Feb 11, 2020

Room by Emma Donoghue is a story about a five year old boy and his mother held
captive in a shed in the backyard of a man's house. A powerful, captivating & thought provoking tale highlighting the bond between mother and son.

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Jul 28, 2016

This book is heart-wrenching. A heroic mother caring for her son, whilst held captive in a tiny shed with only a sky light to view the world.

This was a very interesting, disturbing book that, while slow moving at times, kept me intrigued because of how psychologically suspenseful it was.

Jack is the narrator and, at 5 years old, has an interesting voice that varies between young/stunted and much more sophisticated. That is thanks to being raised completely confined to a Room with his mother, who was abducted at age 19 and kept locked up by her captor ever since. Jack and his mother spend every second together inventing games and exercises and such to pass the time and stay healthy. The time comes to make an escape plan, but can they survive in the outside world where Jack is unsure of his spacial surroundings and how to interact with anyone but his Ma?


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