Thursday, September 27, 2012
Room a novel by Emma Donoghue
I don't want to spoil the story by revealing too much, but I have to say that the author did an awesome job in writing this emotional story. Our book club ladies came armed with floor plans to the 11 foot room, plus tape so we could measure out that size ourselves and visualize sitting in that space day after day. We talked about how the author captured the dichotomy of a boy who had no understanding of the outside world (did not even know that others except evil Old Jack existed) yet had a highly developed imagination. Filled with stories, he didn't realize the difference between the cartoons and "real" animals he saw on television.
Reviewing this book is difficult because it would be so easy to slip in a spoiler that would ruin it for future readers. Certainly we've all heard news stories of horrendous captive situations. What we can't know is the small details behind the minutes, days, weeks, years of imprisonment. Nor do we truthfully know the emotional fragility that follows the survivors past their rescue. Donoghue's craftmanship and sensitivity give us a window into all that. It's not a pleasant read, but it is a read that will leave an impact.