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Room: a book by Emma Donoghue

Something  I have chosen to do this year was to carve out a little bit of ‘me’ time here & there and one of the ways I have done this was to join a book club.  We recently read the book Room by Emma Donoghue and I thought that I would share my thoughts and maybe get some feedback from those of you who have read it as well.

Without telling the entire tale, Room is the story of a 5-year old boy (Jack) & his Ma.  They live in “Room”.  Jack has never seen the world outside of Room and in fact, he does not even know it exists.  The reason for this is that Jack was born in captivity- his mother had been kidnapped, which Jack of course does not realize.  The story is told entirely through Jack’s eyes.

Your first reaction may be that it is too depressing and too heavy, but in fact the story is inspirational.  I won’t say that it doesn’t get heavy at times, it does.  Some in the book club felt it was ‘too much’.  Many of us, however, myself included, found it amazing how Jack’s Ma goes about making a life for her precious little boy inside this 11’x 11′ space where they eat, sleep, bathe & play.  It shows us how children live what they know.  It makes us think about what our own kids really need to make them happy.

I will caution you that the book is written entirely through the eyes of a 5 year old boy.  Emma Donoghue has written this to perfection, including writing in the vocabulary & speaking/thinking style of a 5-year old.  At first this can be difficult to follow, but you will catch on.

Finally, you may be wondering if this is a true story.  Room is a novel inspired by true events but NOT based on them.  For me, this was the heavy part as I read: the knowledge that similar stories have actually happened- in real life.

  • All-in-all, I would recommend that you put Room on your to-read list.

And now dear readers, I’d love to hear from YOU: Have you read ‘Room’? What are your thoughts? What other books have you recently read and what did you think?  Are there any books that you can recommend?  Please share!


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  1. Hi Tanya,

    Just FYI, Stephanie King will be reviewing “Room” on Wednesday,September 14, 2011 at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, 395 Elm Avenue in Westmount. Coffee and pastry are served at 9:30 a.m. and the review starts at 10:00 a.m. Admission is just $8.00. For more info, please contact Rosie at 514-937-3575, ext. 213.

  2. Hi Heidi,

    Thank you so much for posting! I’ll be sure to include it in the calendar for September. I’ll also be letting the members of my book club in on this nugget of information!

    Have a fantastic afternoon,


    Have a

    • Hi Tanya!

      Thanks for the book suggestion. I will definetly put that book on my “to-read” list. I would like to be part of a book club too, how did you happen to get in there? I just started reading : The shadow of the wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It was written in the early 2000′ by this spanish writer, the story takes place in Barcelona.

      Have a nice evening! 🙂

      • Thanks Celine!
        Let me know what you think after you’ve read it. As for the book club, I heard about one starting up in my community & I just went. I will check out The Shadow of the Wind. Thanks for the suggestion!
        Have a fabulous weekend!

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