Room was an excellent movie that was released in 2015, and garnered a huge amount of attention after lead actress Brie Larson won the Best Actress Oscar for her role. The movie is based upon the novel of the same name by Irish author Emma Donoghue, who also wrote the screenplay. I had actually first heard about the novel when it first came out during my freshmen year of college in late 2010, but finally got around to reading it some time ago.

Room tells the story of Ma and her five-year-old son Jack. The two of them live in a small space called “Room.” In reality, Ma has been a captive in the garden shed of a man, called “Old Nick,” for the past seven years. Jack is the result of him raping her. To Jack, though, Room is all he has ever known, and therefore thinks it is the whole world. He calls each object by proper name, including “Lamp,” “Skylight,” and “Sink.” Ma makes sure Jack has proper care, setting an exercise and hygiene regimen and engaging him in educational activities.

Since the story is told from the perspective of Jack, the writing uses an unusual structure and grammatical style. For example, “She gets out of bed and goes to Thermostat to hot the air.” Jack describes each thing exactly how he sees it, using simpler words. While the writing style is a bit different, I was able to follow the story and admire Donoghue for being able to write in such a unique style.

 

This book is definitely worth reading. It’s a bit of a challenge to read, but offers a different perspective of an otherwise serious scenario.

 

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