Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Book Review: Room (a novel)

Title: Room
Author: Emma Donoghue
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Back Bay Books (international edition)
Country: United States of America
Pages: 321 pages (paperback)
Genre: Literary fiction

The one word I'm going to use to call Donoghue's Room is: different. It's different in many ways. Room is actually a terrifying story about imprisonment and its damaging impacts on the victims. Unlike most books about adult crime, however, the story is told from a 5-year-old's point of view, which makes the horror look falsely innocent, and the violence look like some sort of a fleeting nightmare. Room offers a rare insight into the mind of a small boy born and bred in captivity; the way he views and treats the world around him that we often take for granted puts things into perspective and will certainly move your heart.

The book is not about the glaring, dramatic sensation often projected by the media when covering the news of such an unfortunate event. Rather, Room is simple; the author focuses more about what it means to try to live a normal life, and to raise a child in the most normal way possible, in abnormal circumstances. It also teaches about how strong a woman can be, especially a mother, without having to be outwardly aggressive. It's a love story with low-profile heroism.

Room is incomparable to other books. It's one of those rare gems that have many facets and can scratch many hearts.

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