This book is on a lot of “best of the year” lists, for good reason. While it reminds me a bit of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, in that it’s narrated from the point of view of a 5 year old, it’s an amazingly original work. It took me a while to get through the first 100 pages or so — once I did, though, I pretty much read the rest of the book in one gulp.

It’s a tough, emotional, book to read — in a lot of ways, it’s a sort of mother’s analogue to McCarthy’s The Road, in that it explores some fundamentals of the relationships between a mother and her son. The context is alternately sweet and horrifying, but a very smart book, in an original voice, and well worth the read.

One Reply to “Room, by Emma Donoghue”

  1. Thanks. Have been trying to decide whether to read this book — the subject is so brutal, but the reviews have been tremendous. Had the same dilemma with “The Lovely Bones.” That was well worth the read, too.

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