Dec 27, 2010

The Weeknight Book Club: Room. Read It.

Besides eating Christmas foods and munching on my body weight in ice cubes each day I was in Perth, I curled up in this chair in the TV room and read.

It was quiet, cool and the perfect place to spend a few hours lost in the printed word.  One of the many things I love about reading personal blogs is finding out what people are reading.  I like the personal accounts of why a book was chosen, how the book affected the blogger and it has resulted in me finding authors I normally wouldn't have had a chance to read.  I hope my posts affect you the same way.

The book I wanted to share today is Room.  Here is a link to some reviews and an author interview.  I got Room on my Kindle a few months ago but never quite got around to reading it until the Christmas break.

It's almost impossible to review this book without giving too much away.  Which is why many of the reviews I have read focus on the unique point of view of the novel (5 year old Jack) and how authentic it is as well as how the novel affected the life of the reviewer. 
Room is the story of Jack and his mother, Ma.  They have been living in a single room for all of Jack's life and 7 years of his mother's.  There are parallels to the recent horrifying Fritzl case and I understand that this was the 'inspiration' for Donoghue's novel.  Room is not graphic, so if you were as revolted by the Fritzl case as I was, don't let that fear put you off Room.  It's a brilliantly written novel that you just have to finish in 1 (or at most 2) sittings.  It's possibly the first novel I have read that was short listed for the Man Booker Prize, a relfection on my literary tatses, if nothing else.

I finished Room yesterday and I find my mind occasionally drifting back to Jack and Ma's world in their single room.  I marvel in the strength of their love for each other and their will to improve their lives (often so creatively) with the little that they have been given.  I then look around me, breathe in the air, wriggle a little in the space, feel the light on my skin and cherish it all with new perspective.

If you're bored and looking for something to read these holidays, Room will not disappoint you.


  1. Thanks for the rec - will add it to my 'I need to buy' list for ebooks (so much easier to hide the evidence).
    I'm reading The Distant Hours by Kate Morton but finding myself easily distracted from it.

  2. samstillreading: I got distracted from The Distant Hours by Room..... I think TDH is one of those books you can drift back and forth to. I am determined to finish it though because it's getting ridiculous, I've finished a John Grisham novel too whilst trying to finish TDH.

    SSG xxx

  3. Great to have this review and I will put it on my list. We have friends in Perth at the moment and finding it very hard with the 40 plus temps as they have a 3 month old baby. Crazy weather! x

  4. Hi girl:)
    Great review..
    I too love to know what people read...
    So you aught to do more of these...

    Have a great day.

  5. Semi Expat: I was feeling very sorry for the young children and their parents in Perth but somehow everyone survived. There were lots of darkened fully air conditioned rooms and extra long nap times involved.

    SP: thank you. I will try to review more on the blog.

    SSG xxx

  6. Merry Christmas SSG! Great review, I'm looking for some new books to read now that I've got a few days off! :D

  7. A belated merry xmas & happy new year SSG. Enjoyed the book review and put me down for wanting to see more on the blog this year :)


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