A major film starring Brie Larson.
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
Shortlisted for the Orange Prize.
With an introduction by John Boyne.
Today I'm five. I was four last night going to sleep in Wardrobe, but when I wake up in Bed in the dark I'm changed to five, abracadabra.
Jack lives with his Ma in Room. Room has a single locked door and a skylight, and it measures ten feet by ten feet. Jack loves watching TV but he knows that nothing he sees on the screen is truly real – only him, Ma and the things in Room. Until the day Ma admits there is a world outside.
Devastating yet uplifting, Room by Emma Donoghue is a luminous portrait of a boundless maternal love. It has sold more than two million copies, was a number one bestseller and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange prizes. Few books have reached modern classic status so swiftly.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Five-year-old Jack knows nothing beyond the small garden shed he shares with his “Ma”, who is determined to cultivate her child’s imagination and intelligence even as she shields him from the terrifying truths of their imprisonment. Emma Donoghue's spot-on dialogue and inspired plot choices make Jack and Ma—and their heartbreakingly beautiful relationship—unforgettable. Told entirely from Jack's perspective, Room is a hugely original thriller that’s been made into a award-wininng film starring Brie Larson. Clear your schedule before you start this fast-paced, atmospheric and supremely riveting book.
At the start of Donoghue's powerful new novel, narrator Jack and his mother, who was kidnapped seven years earlier when she was a 19-year-old college student, celebrate his fifth birthday. They live in a tiny, 11-foot-square soundproofed cell in a converted shed in the kidnapper's yard. The sociopath, whom Jack has dubbed Old Nick, visits at night, grudgingly doling out food and supplies. Seen entirely through Jack's eyes and childlike perceptions, the developments in this novel there are enough plot twists to provide a dramatic arc of breathtaking suspense are astonishing. Ma, as Jack calls her, proves to be resilient and resourceful, creating exercise games, makeshift toys, and reading and math lessons to fill their days. And while Donoghue (Slammerkin) brilliantly portrays the psyche of a child raised in captivity, the story's intensity cranks up dramatically when, halfway through the novel and after a nail-biting escape attempt, Jack is introduced to the outside world. While there have been several true-life stories of women and children held captive, little has been written about the pain of re-entry, and Donoghue's bravado in investigating that potentially terrifying transformation grants the novel a frightening resonance that will keep readers rapt.
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brilliant book and even better film! must watch
This book is so incredibly engaging! I didn't want to put it down for a second! It is a lovely story and very emotional! Definitely worth reading 🍒👏👏
Astonishing. Touching. Beautifully written. It is my first finished reading book. Definitely five stars credit for Emma who writes such a brilliant book. I feel empty when it's finished.