- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Picador (1 March 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780330519021
- ISBN-13: 978-0330519021
- ASIN: 0330519026
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 299 g
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Born in Dublin in 1969 and now living in Canada, Emma Donoghue is a writer of fiction, history, and drama for radio, stage and screen. She is best known for her international bestseller Room, shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes and winner of the Commonwealth (Canada/Caribbean), Rogers Writers' Trust and Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year Awards. Her fiction ranges from contemporary (Stir-fry, Hood, Landing, Touchy Subjects) to historical (Slammerkin, The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits, Life Mask, The Sealed Letter, Astray) to fairy-tale (Kissing the Witch). For more information, go to www.emmadonoghue.com. Follow Emma on Twitter @EDonoghueWriter
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This book asks us to consider absolutely everything from the point of view of a child who's never known anything but the existence into which he was born. If all you've known is 11 by 11ft room and know of none of the cruelty that your mother has suffered, or the outside world then how can you think anything is bad. I loved the fact that Jack found stairs daunting, that TV characters were real to him, that toys made from papers or eggshells were things to be cherished.
What a wonderful job of creating their little world Ma did, of letting us into how Ma's imagination taught Jack, kept him safe, and kept him entertained. I had such respect for Ma as she taught Jack about so many things in a world he didn't know. Her imagination for passing the time with games using so few resources was incredible. Her love of Jack so deep and pure. As a reader you only understand the extent of evilness once they are out which actually makes the book quite uplifting and beautiful.
I know I will be thinking about this book for a long time and I certainly can't wait to now see the movie. Highly, highly, highly recommended.