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A five-year-old narrates a story about his life growing up in a single room where his mother aims to protect him from the man who has held her prisoner for seven years since she was a teenager.

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Overview

A five-year-old narrates a story about his life growing up in a single room where his mother aims to protect him from the man who has held her prisoner for seven years since she was a teenager.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606265058
  • Publisher: Sanval, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/18/2011
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 321
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Emma Donoghue
Emma Donoghue
Award-winning Irish writer Emma Donoghue, Publishers Weekly writes, "Has an extraordinary talent for turning exhaustive research into plausible characters and narratives; she presents a vibrant world seething with repressed feeling and class tensions." Her latest novel, Life Mask, delves into the fashion-obsessed world of 18th-century London.

Biography

Emma Donoghue is an award-winning Irish writer who lives in Canada. At 34, she has published six books of fiction, two works of literary history, two anthologies, and two plays.

Born in Dublin, Ireland, on 24 October 1969, Emma is the youngest of eight children of Frances and Denis Donoghue. She attended Catholic convent schools in Dublin, apart from one year in New York at the age of ten. In 1990 she earned a first-class honours B.A. in English and French from University College Dublin, and in 1997 a Ph.D. (on the concept of friendship between men and women in eighteenth-century English fiction) from the University of Cambridge. Since the age of 23, Donoghue has earned her living as a full-time writer. After years of commuting between England, Ireland, and Canada, in 1998 she settled in London, Ontario, where she lives with her lover and their son.

Biography courtesy of the author's official web site.

Good To Know

Some outtakes from our interview with Donoghue

"The youngest of eight children, I would never have been conceived if a papal bull hadn't guilt-tripped my poor mother into flushing her pills down the toilet.

"The nearest I've ever got to 'honest toil' was a chambermaiding job in Wildwood, New Jersey, at the age of 18. I got fired for my 'low bathroom standards.' "

"My lover and I have a one-year-old son called Finn, whose favorite thing is to rip books out of my hands and eat them.

"I am clumsy, a late and nervous driver, and despise all sports except a little gentle dancing or yoga.

"I have never been depressed or thrown a plate, which I attribute to the cathartic effects of writing books about people whose lives are more grueling than mine.

"I am completely unobservant and couldn't tell you how many windows there are in our living room.

"I would be miserable in beige; I mostly wear red, purple, and black.

"The way to my heart is through Belgian milk chocolate.

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    1. Hometown:
      London, England and Ontario, Canada
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 24, 1969
    2. Place of Birth:
      Dublin, Ireland
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English and French, University College Dublin, 1990; Ph.D. in English, University of Cambridge, 1998
    2. Website:

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  • Posted September 17, 2010

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    EXCELLENT! FRIGHTENING!

    THE ROOM is about the special strength, determination and splendor of a Mother's love and of a woman's will to survive against all odds. This was a fantastic story! It is imaginative, creative, unique and beautifully written. This is narrated and seen through the eyes of a five year old boy, Jack. Imagine seeing the world from the perspective of a child, experiencing life for the first time, his innocent thoughts that adults could actually learn something from. Jack's mother had been kidnapped and placed inside a stifling small space, a bathroom, some basic cooking equipment, and a TV. Over a period of years, she gives birth to Jack, and he too is kept locked inside, so his view of "the world" is so limited, not even to have seen daylight. What imagination it had to have taken to create this realistic view of such horror and innocence. This is an experience to behold and nightmares maybe experienced long after.

    62 out of 67 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2010

    I do not recommend this

    While this was an interesting concept, the novel feel short on many levels. It did not have enough to really keep it going and the voice of jack while often cute, was frankly at times annoying and ever so trite. I was disturbed to the many references to nursing a five year old. Jack's "I want some" was grating. Much of the time the novel seemed voyeuristic.

    There was so much that could have been explored with both Jack and the mother, but it was left out. The book felt gimmicky and since it was based on a real event that defeats the purpose of the story.

    32 out of 76 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Learn to see the world anew!

    In this warped tale of a ma and her 5 yr. old son, everything you know about the world is taken in to question. The child's perspective is unique as he has only ever known Room and when he is let on on to to world for the first time ever you will be saddened and overjoyed as he overcomes the obstacles of this big and different place. Not long in to the story I was truly captivated by the characters and rooting for their triumphs! This book should be read by everyone! Definitely worth your while..

    26 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

    M

    Here goes harriet klausner again revealing everything. Her along with these other long winded posters needs to be banned and fined. They ruin a book by telling everything that happens. You plot revealers need to stop and realize that other ppl would like to read the book and be surprised, but thanks to your vain, god complex, there is no need to read the book. Look at other reviews, they simply state if they liked the book or not, they dont dissect every plot point. If you want to debate a book, start a web site, go to facebook, BUT STOP RUINING BOOKS FOR OTHERS!!!!!!

    24 out of 45 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2010

    A Fascinating Story

    Wow. Really, just wow. This book is, by far, my favorite read of 2010. I admit that coming into it, I was skeptical. SO much hype, so much buzz, so much chatter about how wonderful and fantastic and lovely this book is.could it really hold up to that? Could it deliver as promised? Oh yes.yes it could. It does. It did. Room is -spectacular- on so many levels.

    The story is told from the point of view of Jack, a 5 year old little boy who has never seen the world beyond that of the single room in which he and his mother live. His world consists of that room, his Ma, and the fantasy land inside the television. It's amazing how spot on the author was able to portray a curious, intelligent, and yet very socially handicapped young child. His voice was so plaintive, so real, that it makes the reader want to reach into the pages and hug him close.

    I could just go on and on about every tiny little thing that I absolutely loved about this book, but I still don't think that I could really do it justice. The novel just packs such a huge emotional punch that you really have to read it yourself to experience the beauty of the author's story. Read Room. You will absolutely not regret it.

    23 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

    rotten

    Reading an entire book written in the voice of a five year old is challenging, disturbing and annoying. I rarely abandon books I start, but this was an exception. Loathed it.

    12 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2010

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    Interesting. That's all.

    Little can be said of the tragic kidnapping and imprisonment from a child's point of view. The ROOM was an interesting and imaginative idea, but not enough for a novel.

    11 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2011

    Not that great...

    I thought the plot of this story was very compelling but the characters were lacking in depth. Responses and clarity could have been better. I chose this book because of the high rating but was very disappointed. I kept reading hoping that it would redeem itself but no such luck. Waste of time.

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2011

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    Unique Narrator

    Of all the books that I have ever reviewed, I think that this one is the toughest to do without any spoilers. I was very tempted to plaster a warning on my write-up and go for it, quotes and all, but have decided in the end for a quick, unrevealing version. Due to its celebrity, this was a novel which I approached with some caution. When a book is over-hyped, I tend to walk away disappointed because it didn't live up to my expectations. This was certainly not the best novel I ever read, but it stands out in several respects by virtue of sheer originality. Room is, in brief, the story of a nineteen year old woman who is abducted and held captive in an eleven by eleven foot square modified shed, where she spends seven years in captivity and bears a son, Jack. We see their minuscule world through the eyes of Jack, at the age of five. Jack as narrator was an amazing device for author Emma Donoghue to use and one she pulls off with astonishing aplomb. As I read her stream of conscience type prose, I could hear the voice of a young child in my head. Some reviewers have had difficulty adjusting to the style, but to me it was flawless and perfect for setting the tone of the book, especially in the second half. The second thing that really stood out for me was Ms. Donoghue's amazing attention to the smallest details. She thought of things that never would have even occurred to me, and as a result, the narrative was completely believable throughout. These two factors, the choice and deft handling of the narrator, and her incredible consideration of every possible element of setting and characterization, earn this novel five stars from

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

    Excellent Book

    This book gave me great insight as to what its like to be a child....to experience everything for the first time...the demands that adults expect of children...how heinous some people in this world can be... Emma Donohue did a wonderful job with imagining what it must have been like to be locked away for 7 years. My imagination could never have fathomed the circumstances that occur in dwellings like that. (Sigh) Just a great book.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2010

    HIghly Highly Recommended!!!!!!!!!!!

    Just finished this emotional book...I must say one of the best books I have ever ever had the pleasure of reading. Dont read too much of what it is about, just know it is about a women and child held in captivity...if you dont know Anything else makes this book even more worthy!!!!!!! Im so sad Im done with it!!!!!!!!!!!!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    Not a good read

    I didn't enjoy this book at all. The concept was interesting, but telling the story in the voice of a five year old quickly became very annoying. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    Please, No More Five-Year-Old Narrators

    I purchased this book because of all the positive reviews it received. I found it difficult to get interested in because of the lack of ability of a five year-old to describe effectively the horror of the situation in which he and his mother were living. The child was unable to capture this reader, and likewise, develop empathy for the characters. Just like listening to a child of this age telling an oral story, a little goes a long way. The sentence fragments, limited vocabulary, and repetition made this novel very tiresome to read. To each his or her own, but I had to force myself to the finish line.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2010

    Eye Opening!!!

    This book has become one of my all time favorites. The first few pages were a little difficult to adjust due being from a five year old point of view, but after page 5 you were truly captivated.
    Donoghue leaves no detail unmentioned and tells this sad story from a different light. When you normally hear of stories in captivity you always here about the negative, this story is unique in that it tells the true love between a mother and her son.
    A must read!!!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2010

    This book crushed me!

    I read this book during my first business trip away from my baby son - big mistake! It's so moving and well-written, clearly based on the Elizabeth Smart story, but not sensationalist. The perspective of Jack as the narrator rings true throughout the book, which is remarkable given the emotional complexity of the issues and characters. It made me want to run home and nurse my son so badly it hurt! This would be a great book club book.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2011

    A chore

    This book grabs you and makes you want to read to the end in hopes that it gets better, but it is complete false hope. The book drags on and feels like a chore to read. It is a waste of time.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2011

    I wanted to like this book but just could not do it

    I rarely write bad reviews on books because I think the act of writing a book in itself is something that should be praised. However, I could not bring myself to like this book as much as I tried.

    Why?

    The main character "Jack" was utterly annoying! Even though he is five years old and the subject matter was serious, I could not stand the annoying little five year old. Telling the story through his voice, and all his mispronounced English made this book unbearable. There was nothing cutesy about his manner of speech. It was overkill.

    The only person I felt any sympathy for was his mom because she had to put up with being locked in a room with this kid for so long. I also found his whole "I want some" or "can I have some" utterly disturbing!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2011

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    ummmm....

    The narration told via a 5 year old was difficult to get into. The story was worth while, but in the end went on way too long. It's almost as if Ms. Donoghue was attempting to put too much story here and drifted off into territory that was boring and difficult to understand the need for.

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2014

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    Interesting and Moving

    Room was a very interesting read. I honestly thought that I wouldn't be able to get into it because it was told from a 5 year old's perspective. I was dead wrong!

    Jack and Ma's relationship was detailed beautifully. Seeing the world from Jack's point of view was very honest. From the moment I began reading, up until the last page, I was intrigued. There are parts that are uncomfortable to read, but very important to the stories progression.

    I am very glad that I've read this book. :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 24, 2013

    A touching story of a mother-son venture and told from a view-po

    A touching story of a mother-son venture and told from a view-point of a five year old, Room proves to be one of the most peculiar and moving books I have ever read. Never have I encountered or heard of a situation similar to theirs. This proved to be a decent and “disturbing” read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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