Room by Emma Donoghue, Essential Revision Notes
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We remember our childhood room. It was a nice, safe place, a place where we could play, sleep, and zone out in front of the television watching cartoons.
In Room, Jack's Room is similar. He plays. He sleeps. He watches Dora the Explorer. And he helps his Ma, who lives there with him, scream for help every day because his room is actually a soundproof shed in a backyard of a man who kidnapped Jack's Ma seven years ago and has kept them there ever since.
This is the kind of ripped-from-the-headlines plot that gets an author noticed, but Emma Donoghue took her book a step further by making five-year-old Jack the narrator of Room. This gripping story and unique narrator put Donoghue on the world's literary radar when Room was published in 2010, and the book earned her rooms full of award nominations and accolades. The book was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize and long-listed for the Orange prize.
The novel's eerie similarity to current events keeps it on the bestseller lists. In 2011, Jaycee Lee Dugard, who had been missi...