“Room” by Emma Donoghue

As part of the Global Reading Challenge, the first book that I would like to add to the list-of-books-read is “Room” by Emma Donoghue.

After a long time Room was a book that I didn’t feel like putting down at all. From the teaser on the back cover to the actual story it was intriguing and captivating.


It is about a little boy named Jack who stays with his mother in an eleven feet by eleven feet room. Jack has been born and brought up inside that room. It is where he and his mother play, eat, sleep and watch day and night through the skylight. The room is home for Jack, but for his mother it is prison. The book explains the how and why and much more than that.

The book is told in Jack’s voice and explains routine and mundane events from a 5 year old’s perspective. It deals with Jack’s innocent yet fragile world. It shows the love and strong bond between a mother and a son. How Jack and his mother spend day after day in the room and yet keep their spirits alive and stay positive. Jack believes that this is reality and everything that he sees on TV is pretend. He lives his life believing this till the time his mother tells him that there exists a life outside the Room. I wouldn’t want to spoil the suspense and let the readers know what happens after that. You should read the book on your own to find out!

The author has used a simple yet effective writing style. The book is not very dark or depressing though it does make you feel very involved, empathetic and connected to the characters. It keeps that silver lining around the cloud intact. I felt happy and blessed after reading the book and relieved too.  As Audrey Niffenegger (author of “The Time Traveler’s Wife) rightly says on the front cover “Room is a book to read in one sitting.” Once I started reading the book I couldn’t stop turning the pages.

Emma Donoghue is an Irish writer from Dublin, Ireland. So I am going to file this one under Europe as part of my Global Reading Challenge. You can get this book via Flipkart.


5 thoughts on ““Room” by Emma Donoghue

  1. hey nice review!..feel like reading..it’s been so long I’ve read a book..sigh!..will have to wait a few more months I guess..

    • Thanks Uma! You can try reading every night before going to bed or better still give R a book and soon he’ll be busy with his books and u’ll get time for urself 🙂

  2. R loves his books but he likes me to read them out to him repeatedly. Tried to read when he had a book but then he wanted my book..:-)…can try reading before retiring to bed, though..good luck with your challenge..

  3. This book has been on my to-be-read list since I read about it on Monika’s blog.

    Nice review, and a great start to the global reading challenge.

    • Thanks Sandhya! My reading challenge sort of stalled halfway because I jumped on to the HP bandwagon. Will get back to the challenge soon…. have been looking for a good book.

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