Hey guys, I know it’s been awhile since my last book review, but that’s because I’m back in school and the research essays are accumulating! haha! But finally I’ve finished Room by Emma Donoghue, and it definitely did not disappoint.
For those of you who haven’t read this, or don’t know what the general premise of this novel is, it’s about a 19 year old who got abducted from her university campus and held hostage in a shed that was converted into a “room” for 7 years, and where she gave birth to her son Jack, a few years later. The novel follows the story of their isolation, and their strong bond as mother and son.
I thought this book was very well written, as it was told from the point of view of Jack, who is around five in this book. Unfortunately, Jack has been held in isolation in this room by his captor Old Nick (who also happens to be his biological father) for the entirety of his life, so he doesn’t know anything other than the reality found within the four walls of the converted shed. This offers a new perspective on life itself.
The most fascinating aspect of this book, despite it being extremely sad, was the exploration of the sociological impacts that isolation can have on an individual, especially one as young as five years old. I found it interesting how he could not differentiate between the real world, and what he saw on T.V., and how he additionally lacked pertinent social skills that we often wouldn’t really consciously acknowledge.
The relationship between the mother and son also proved to be a signifiant contribution to the plot, as it really illustrated how they needed each other. The social impacts of being isolated also greatly influenced their relationship, as they were the only other humans that they were in contact with other than their captor, which gave Jack a level of separation anxiety whenever he was not with his mother.
I have not yet watched the movie adaptation of this novel, but I do intend on it soon! I loved it, it was quite emotional, and the characters proved to be extremely heroic despite their circumstances!
Perhaps one of the main reasons why I enjoyed this novel so much, was because I study Social Sciences, and am intrigued by human behaviour, especially human behaviour as a result of depravity. I highly recommend reading this novel if you also find the study of human behaviour fascinating, or are just looking for a good emotional read regarding captivity!
I give this book 4/5 stars! 🙂