Room by Emma Donoghue is truly an “utterly gripping….heart-stopping novel” (San Francisco Chronicle). There are moments in this strange book where I am forced to stop reading and process what is going on for a couple of minutes. It is disturbingly wonderful, a joy and pain to read all at the same time. Donoghue’s choice of writing this book from the perspective of a five year old boy named Jack is definitely an effective and unique decision. It is totally believable, especially when she misuses or skips some words in his narrative. Jack’s thoughts and emotions are clear and authentic. For instance, the fact that his mother changes stories she reads to him to include his name it in, such as Jackie Wackie Pudding and Pie rather than Georgie Porgie Pudding and Pie, makes it all the more realistic. I am not sure I would have written the story from Jack’s adolescent, naive perspective, because it is sometimes distracting, but it does not bother me to the point where I do not want to read this book. It actually makes me want to continue to read, for I am curious to see if as he grows and matures, his language will become more developed and intelligent.
A character in this book I am unclear about is Old Nick. Hopefully, in the next few sections, we will find out what role he plays in this story. I would like to know more about his relationship with Ma and Jack.
I am eager to continue reading this unsettling, yet captivating, novel.