Published by: Little, Brown & Company
Published on: September 2010
Page Count: 321
Genre: Fiction, Literature
My Reading Format: Kindle
Available Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Note: This novel depicts life as a child to a mother held as a sex slave. It may not be for everyone.
I read Room in conjunction with Michelle from My Books. My Life *ahem* last year. We’ve said off and on that we really must get together to discuss it on and off since then. There were the holidays and other things that got in the way. Now it’s coming on three months later. I can take it no more. I’ve got to acknowledge that I’ve read it and mark it off my “to review” list.
As I’m sure you already know, Room is a novel about Jack and his Ma. This isn’t just any story about a mother and her child or a son and his mother. Jack was born in the confined space of one room because his father kidnapped and held his mother as a sex slave.
Although enjoy is an odd word to use in conjunction with this story, I did so to the extent it was possible. It was interesting to see how human animals can adapt to some of the most horrendous living conditions. How a mother can do what she can to make their situation tolerable to a young, innocent victim. How getting what you want and what you truly need and deserve come at a cost all of their own.
Using a young child as a narrator is a tricky task. There have been those who found Jack’s voice too mature for his age. It did take a while for me to get fully immersed in his world, this didn’t bother me. He never saw another human being other than his mother and he was the only loving company his mother had. He was bound to be out of the ordinary in so many ways.
Room had moments of disgust, suspense, joy, and deep sorrow. I am very glad I read it, but it falls into the same category for me as Saving Private Ryan. I don’t think I’ll ever want to relive the experience again. It’s a testament to the adaptability of children. While what a child can endure is incredible, the fact that adults conceive of such horrific ways to test their resilience is a very sad thing.