Room, Emma Donoghue’s 7th novel, is about 5-year-old Jack whose life – and world – is contained in the one small room he lives in with mother.
Jack lives in the room; he eats there, sleeps there, plays there; he was even born there. He can do anything he wants in his room; except leave it.
Jack has never known the outside world. What he knows he learned from his mother and from TV. He lives in his perfect little world, spending his days playing with his mother. Though as the saying goes, one man’s heaven is another man’s hell.
Room is a haunting, bittersweet story about strength, love and survival.
I enjoyed this book so much that I read it in one sitting. The story is narrated by Jack, and describes his unique ordeal and situation from a totally different and surprising perspective. Jack is an endearing character and a believable storyteller.