Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Room by Emma Donoghue

Ever been inside the head of a five year old boy? It's a funny place; filled with cartoon puppy fireworks and lots of questions about the world. Meet Jack, the voice of Room and a voice that is going to be in your head for a very long time.  Emma Donoghue has pulled off something astonishing here. We see everything through the eyes of a little boy who's only frame of reference for making sense of the world is an 11 X 11 foot room, the few things inside it and his Ma who is stuck in there with him. The way Jack anthropomorphizes everything  like Meltedy Spoon, who got to close to Oven once is downright adorable and sorta' heartbreaking all at once. The way Jack and Ma's story plays out will have you up all night worrying about them.

1 comment:

  1. The only time I was worried about Ma and Jack was during the escape (even though I knew they survived it). As far as the book goes, I did not like it. I felt it was gimmicky to use Jack's voice for the entire book (actally it was rather annoying). Plus, I felt like the book had so much potential to be great, but it just never reached it. Oh well.