Author: Emma Donoghue
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Read in English
To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.(Goodreads)
This novel was not what I expected at all. It's even better. It's wonderful, complex, and so well written ! I loved every line. I loved how we see the word through Jack's eyes who's only five years old. Every little mistake make the style real and his easy way of seeing the world is well executed.
There's only five chapters, each one really long but for no reason in the world they should be cut. Each on represents a part of Jack and his mother's story. They show the evolution from worse to better, the steps they take.
Putting oneself in the skin of a five years old boy, it looks really complicated. But with this book, it comes real easy. Moreover, we stay in our own skin, with our adult vision et we see things Jack sees too but doesn't understand. The mother's attitude, what goes on at night... It's so well done and the result is unbelievable.
I got hooked bu this story at the same terrible and strangely beautiful. I read a lot of biographical novels about crimes (I once wanted to major in criminology so... it makes sense) but here, it's completely different. The crime is the background on which the author paints the powerful and vivid portrait of motherly love and a mother's sacrifices for her child.
It's not an easy read. At all. It's hard and you have to hang on. But if we give it a chance, if we open ourselves to this story instead of getting stuck to the fact that it's written from the point of view of a five years old, we can see the beauty and power it holds.
The worst, to me, has to be the ending. The very last sentences. Everything happens in a matter of paragraphs but the show all the way Jack and his mom went from the beginning and it's amazing. I loved this book, I read it a day despite it being over 300 pages and I hope that the movie will be as good as the novel. But, let's be honest, we know that won't happen.