Monday, February 28, 2011

Room

I've read quite a few books lately and haven't written any reviews or mentioned them here, so in the coming days/weeks you'll have to put up with hearing about what I've been reading. Sorry if you don't like books reviews, you can just by pass those days.

Today we'll start with the book Room by Emma Donoghue.

As with all of my reviews, I'm going to be a little vague (nothing more revealed than what is on the book jacket). That way if you choose to read the book I won't give it all away.

Room is written from the viewpoint of a 5 year old boy, Jack, who has never been outside an 11' x 11' room, he's locked in there with his mother, who gave birth to him in that room. At first it takes a little bit to get the cadence of the way the book is written. It would be like going and talking to a 5 year old that you don't know. It takes a little bit, but after awhile you understand his manner of speech. The book is full of great desperation and great hope. While we think the outcome is wonderful and inspiring, Jack is still sad and longs for all he knows as home. While the situation is tragic and horrible to us, to Jack it's the only life he's ever know.

The book is full of the conflict of human emotion. What would you do? How would you feel? How do you help your child recover and cope when the very thing that he is longing for is the one thing you despise?

I kind of had wished that the book had a different ending. There wasn't much resolve and if there was it was left up to the reader. I wouldn't say I enjoyed the book. I found it very depressing and that of many of the life situations presented there was no good answer. I will say that it was thought provoking, but I still found the underlying depressive mood of the book to be a bit overwhelming. There was just so much going on that it seemed like the book needed to be a little longer to address some of the issues. The author did a great job of attaching the reader to the characters, that's why I felt there needed to be more. More answers, more resolve.

On a scale of 1 to 5 stars. I'd give it about a 3.

3 comments:

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Good review. It sounds like a well written book which is sometimes not the same as a good to read book.

Impulsive Addict said...

I can't do sad and depressed in my book choices. I have read some that didn't have good endings and I hate those too. I guess I will always need an uplifting positive book with a happy ending every time. Wish me luck on that. =)

Baloney said...

Think I will pass on this one. Don't need any downers. :)