1/18/11 — RieView: Room — Emma Donoghue — 5 Stars

I picked up Room: A Novel for my Kindle because Amazon was touting it as #1 Bestseller for Kindle. I can see why. As a writer, I was floored by the pure technique required to sustain the point of view of the five year old protagonist through the whole story. As a reader, I was awestruck at the way that story was revealed. That may sound like hyperbole, but in this case, I feel it is justified.

Jack has lived his entire life in Room. Door only opens to let in “Old Nick”, and he only comes at night. Jack and Ma watch TV, and do Track by moving Rug onto Bed. They count the cereal and care for Plant. It is a confined existence, but all he’s ever known. Until the day Ma starts “Unlying” and the world becomes a completely different place.

I recommended it to a friend, and on reading the description, he said it sounded “delightfully disturbing.” It is. Compelling, disturbing, “scave” (you’ll know what I mean when you read it) and wonderful. This is definitely a keeper to me. Highest recommendations.