22 Feb 2011
Though divided into three sections, Room was another of those books with no chapters ..... aagghhh. A little slow in starting, it took me a while to become accustomed to Jack's way of talking and, on the whole, the story held no real surprises for me .... except my reactions but more of that later.
Well written, I could feel myself panicking, my hands sweating, my heart pounding, at the claustrophobia that surrounded life in 'Room' (a feeling that was understandingly lacking in both Jack and his Ma) and yet I could also totally understand their sense of bewilderment at living the rest of their lives outside its 'safe' confines. It's just that I'm not too sure how original an idea this was given the recent cases that have made the news and how much imagination went into the story.
Going back to my reaction. I don't know if I'm the only blogger (I suspect not) who felt this way but though I felt some empathy towards Ma and, especially, Jack I found myself really not liking them at times which came as a shock. I won't go into too many details for fear of spoiling the plot but Ma's overdose whilst it didn't come as a complete shock in itself did leave me quite shocked at what I felt was her selfishness and as for Jack's behaviour at times whilst this, it could be argued, was understandable it didn't endear me to him at all.
But what does blogger Heather who has also recently read Room think? Click HERE to find out.