A NovelBook - 2010
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JCLMeghanF Nov 08, 2019
Donoghue was inspired by the real-life kidnapping case of Elisabeth Fritzl, a young girl held captive for 24 years.
This novel was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the screenplay for the film adaptation (also written by Donoghue) was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
JCLHopeH Mar 26, 2014
I was most impressed by Donoghue's talent for writing in the voice of 5-year-old Jack. For a circumstance that is incredibly depressing (being trapped in a glorified shed for his whole life with his mother, who had been abducted), Jack's innocence, curiosity, and candor provide enough comic reli... Read More »
JCLJenniferM Jul 18, 2013
Told from the perspective of a five year old boy, the horrific topic of abduction is somewhat softened. A fast read with an interesting look at relationships and survival.
Narrator Jack and his mother, who was kidnapped seven years earlier when she was a 19-year-old college student, celebrate his fifth birthday. They live in a tiny, 11-foot-square soundproofed cell in a converted shed in the kidnapper's yard. The sociopath, whom Jack has dubbed Old Nick, visits at ... Read More »
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This book is heart-wrenching. A heroic mother caring for her son, whilst held captive in a tiny shed with only a sky light to view the world.
This was a very interesting, disturbing book that, while slow moving at times, kept me intrigued because of how psychologically suspenseful it was.
Jack is the narrator and, at 5 years old, has an interesting voice that varies between young/stunted and much more sophisticated. That is thanks to being raised completely confined to a Room with his mother, who was abducted at age 19 and kept locked up by her captor ever since. Jack and his mother spend every second together inventing games and exercises and such to pass the time and stay healthy. The time comes to make an escape plan, but can they survive in the outside world where Jack is unsure of his spacial surroundings and how to interact with anyone but his Ma?
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