Review of "ROOM" by Emma Donoghue

Charlee Owen By Charlee Owen, 17th Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A short review of a fantastic must-read. Abducted at 19 years old, a young girl gives birth to and raises her son Jack whilst imprisoned in a square room that becomes his warped sense of reality. His growing sense of awareness of their circumstances pushes her increasing desperation to escape from the shed at the bottom of their captor's garden and documents an emotive journey of psychological trauma and attachment.

This book is enthralling.

Maybe it’s because I’m a language student and the tragically raw narrative is relayed through a five year old’s perspective, enriching an entirely original & disturbing concept with innocent, watchful eyes.

Or maybe it’s because I’m intrigued by child psychology and the infinite mental capacity the mind draws respite from with a hope only kindled so passionately by a mother’s love. How could a mother and child possibly cope with such a dramatic shift in reality after a lifetime of confinement? Their entire sense of being in the world swings to reveal a concoction of heart-wrenching lies, terror & steadfast faith, embedded in the very essence of their existence.

So maybe, it’s simply because I am human. I can wholeheartedly guarantee that absolutely anybody who reads this book (and absolutely everybodyshould), will be unwittingly torn from their every-day lives to briefly share an experience beyond words, and indeed humanity.

It seizes issues of abduction, incarceration and the impregnation of a 19 year old girl in an emotive documentation of their escape through her son’s gaze. Donoghue herself must have travelled to and from the same harrowing ordeal endless times to relate such a scrupulous balance of suffering and isolation with the unrequited love and attachment that resolutely carried us through it.


Abduction, Attachment, Book, Child, Child Abuse, Childhood, Depression, Donoghue, Emma Donoghue, Imprisonment, Love, Must Read, Novel, Perspective, Psychology, Rape, Room, Separation Anxiety, Struggle, Suffering

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