Room, by Emma Donoghue


Publication date: 6 August 2010

Genre: Novel 

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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.

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.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.  

Jack lives with his Ma in Room. Room has a single locked door and a skylight, and it measures eleven feet by eleven 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 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.

‘Room is a book to read in one sitting. When it’s over you look up: the world looks the same but you are somehow different and that feeling lingers for days’ Audrey Niffenegger

‘Absorbing, truthful and beautiful . . . it is a kind of sustained poem in praise of motherhood and parental love’ Observer


Oh what a book!! 

I can’t really explain what this book made me feel but I can tell you for sure that you have to read it. It’s like, now you see the world as it is, maybe quite unimportant, but after you’ve read the last page of this book, you will start noticing even the most unimportant and smallest things. 

I love the fact that the story is said from Jack’s perspective, a five-year -old boy who lived all his life locked in a room with his mother. 

This book made me feel so many strange emotions, to feel sorry for Ma because she was kidnapped and then raped  by the same man who kept her closed in the same room for seven years. It made me feel anger toward that man, Old Nick and compassion for Jack who is such an innocent child who feels that his whole world has been turned upside down. 

This is a must read. 


In June 2017, a local theatre from Dublin, Ireland will play a show based on this novel, so I can’t wait to go and see it. I’ve never seen the movie, as I believe that the book is always better than the movie and I don’t want to get upset about the fact that they don’t transmit the same emotions and feelings as the book did, but the play I will definitely see. 


Rate: 8/10

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