When a book haunts me the way Room did, I put it on my must-read list and recommend it to all of you. Let me tell you why this book haunted me.
First, it is told from the point of view of a 5-year-old child. What that child sees, perceives, witnesses and feels is contrary and sometimes unimaginable to our adult minds. Yet, author Emma Donoghue imagined it and wrote it skillfully.
Second, the story itself was haunting. This very bright, probably somewhat autistic child lived his entire 5 years in one room with his mother. He’d never known the life “outside” or a life without his mother. At first the reader wonders why. Is the Mother agoraphobic? What’s going on here? Why can’t they get out? All these questions get answered but not in the first pages.
Third, the book was skillfully written. Donoghue shows us what a clever, resourceful Mother had to do to keep her child interested when she had virtually nothing to work with. From the child’s point of view, every activity was a game and every item in the room had a personality (and a name).
This book got 1277 reviews and 4 stars on Amazon. The only criticism people gave it related to feeling tired of reading about silly games the child played. I beg to disagree with that notion. The writer put us in the child’s place and as such, we had to experience what he experienced. Furthermore, it showed us how desperate the mother was to keep her son entertained and create as much normalcy as possible.
If you want to read amazing writing and a story that will grip you all the way to the end, this book is for you. I add it to my Must-Read category with pleasure.
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