To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.
Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.
I loved this book. It is simply the most thought provoking and powerful book that I have read this year.
This book is written by a five-year old’s perspective and how he is born and brought up in a little room. The way he lives there with his ma, and how he made this little room his entire world is just heartbreaking.
The language used is very simple, sometimes the same thing is repeated again, but since this is a 5-year old’s perspective, it becomes all the more enchanting to read.
Along with the story line, what intrigued me more are how both the characters deal with their captivity as well as how they deal with their emotions. When you live in one place for 7 years, or when you have been born in that place and have not seen any other place that is bound to be extremely difficult. The author manages to bring up these raw emotions beautifully.
Read it, you won’t regret it!