As someone who is completely put off from being told what to read, dare I say “You have to read this book”. And especially since its recent announcement of the Shortlist on the Man Booker, who can resist the temptation not to pick it up now!
But seriously, Room is a spectacularly crafted novel and truly a work of art is what you can expect from Emma Donoghue’s seventh novel. A writing style perhaps more suited for the fantasy and storytelling genre, Emma breathes life into inanimate objects to create this gem. You are instantly hooked and will continue to be hooked till the very end.
This haunting story is told entirely in the voice of 5 year old Jack who is confined to only the world of the Room that he shares with his Ma and his cartoon characters. There is innocence to this writing and in parts you wish you could whisper into Jack ears to tell him what to do, but that is beauty of her writing. Essentially, it is the strong relationship between a mother and her son that will see them survive the impossible, and so it illustrates that the human will to survive is really far stronger than we perceive or imagine it to be even for a 5 year old.