‘Room’ by Emma Donoghue

I guess it’s been a really long time since the last post, considering that I had been updating the blog fairly regularly. But sometimes, things beyond my control happen, like semester exams. Now that it’s over and done with and I have a month and a half holiday period coming up, you can expect fairly regular updates. Yay!

So. The book I’ve chosen to review for the comeback(!) is ‘Room’ by Emma Donoghue. Not a book title you might have come across before, I daresay.

room2‘Room’ is unconventional, fresh, uplifting, devastating and taut all at once. The whole setting is, as is explicitly mentioned in the title, a room. A single, cramped room. Where Jack and his Ma live, hidden from the rest of the world. Jack’s mother was kidnapped when she was eighteen, incarcerated in the room and was raped repeatedly. She has been living in this hellhole for the past seven years. Jack was born in this room and has lived his whole life here. He simply thinks no world exists outside the Room, that it’s just a deep, dark void outside. How could he have known his Ma had been lying to him all along? When Ma finally admits that the room they live in is a tiny, irrelevant part of the world, Jack’s world suddenly changes.

This is definitely, definitely a book worth reading. It is bound to raise more questions in you than you could possibly answer, but isn’t that the whole point of a book?
Long-listed for the 2010 Booker Prize (Click to read a review of ‘The God of Small Things’-winner of the 1997 Booker Prize) , ‘Room’ is loosely based on the real-life incident of Josef Fritzl incarcerating his daughter, Elisabeth.

To put it simply, ‘Room’ is a life affirming gem of a book that depicts motherly love at its best. A roller coaster ride that makes you an emotional wreck at times and leaves you breathless at others. Must read.

room3As another reviewer notes, Room is a book to read in one sitting. When you finish the book and look up; the world looks the same but you are somehow different and that feeling lingers for days.

The one most singularly true statement ever. For a long time now, I have been wishing someone would make a movie out of this book. Sigh.

As always, here are the links to buy the book-


Happy Reading, you all.


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