Room - Emma Donoghue

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From Womb to Room Ma loves Jack and Jack loves Ma. Each is the centre of the other's world which might seem natural for a mother and her 5-year old son but in this case it's more than just a cliché. They are each other's only company with the exception of the nocturnal visits from Old Nick, ... Read review
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Room (Picador 40th Anniversary Edition) (Picador 40th Anniversary Editn) - Emma Donoghue

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No Room for Improvement - It's Already Perfect

AdvantagesSpectacular - shocking and endearing in equal measure

DisadvantagesI wanted it to go on for a few hundred more pages

"...them alive. Their home is Room – an impenetrable 11 foot by 11 foot modified garden shed that represents the only world that Jack has ever known. We meet him on his fifth birthday when we are introduced to this articulate and imaginative child who lives surrounded by his friends, Wardrobe, Bed, Table, Shelf, Rug and all the other inanimate objects that fill his living space. He and Ma eat simply, recycle and reuse everything, create games that fill ..." Read review
30.12.2010

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Rises above the voyeuristic

AdvantagesWell written and sensitively portrayed

DisadvantagesNone

"...Ma. The objects in the room act as Jack's teachers and protectors; Wardrobe is the place that Jack hides in when Old Nick unlocks the door at night and 'creaks bed with Ma'. Ma never tells Jack why it is important to hide from Old Nick, but he knows that he must never come out of Wardrobe when Old Nick is there. TV is Jack's teacher, alongside Ma. Jack knows that the things he sees on TV like snow, lakes and mountains are just made-up worlds and do ..." Read review
17.12.2011

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Born into a world the size of a room

AdvantagesVery well created characters and cleverly written

DisadvantagesCould be upsetting for some

"Room by Emma Donaghue ISBN: 9780330519014 I was a bit late coming to this book but read several reviews on various reviews sites about how great it was. My copy is the hardback version and I was lucky enough to pick it up through the Bookcrossing group swap shelf in Derby Westfield centre which seems to be the main way I get my books at present. On Amazon it is available on Kindle for £1.99, audio for £2.77 and at varying prices for book versions ..." Read review
05.11.2012

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Make Room in your life for this...

AdvantagesStrong, Believable characters, Compelling storyline, Price at the moment

Disadvantagesnone for me!

"...on my amazon wish list, Room was one of the titles and last week I finally got round to buying a copy. Saturday morning came and I picked up the book, read the first 3 pages and became hooked. 15 hours and many cups of coffee later I finished the story and this is what I thought of it... ===The Story=== Jack and his Ma live in Room, an 11ft square fortified and locked shed in Old Nick's back garden. Jack was born in Room on Rug and knows nothing ..." Read review
24.02.2011

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Clinging to the Light.

AdvantagesEngrossing read.Beautifully written. Superb characterisation.

Disadvantagesnone.

"...is a real place and Room is not the whole world. How will he deal with the reality when he’s never seen anything different, or did more than crawl, run around the furniture and has skin untouched by weather? How will his mother cope with freedom after bringing up a child in such circumstances? This is what grabs the reader’s attention and keeps it focused on the narrative; you just want to know the outcome. Characters. Naturally this is very ..." Read review
23.01.2012

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EAN 9780330519014
ISBN 0330519018
Author Emma Donoghue

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