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Room (Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2010)


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Firstly, it has to be stated that this is not a lesbian book, but rather an exceptional book by an acclaimed  author who is lesbian, and has written other lesbian fiction and non-fiction. It is also one of the most talked about books of 2010, being profound and challenging in its subject matter, and exquisite in its use of language, and having garnered a nomination for this year's Man Booker Prize. Jack is five and a normal child in many ways – loving, funny, bright, full of energy and questions – but his upbringing is far from ordinary. Jack's entire life has been spent in a single room that measures just 12 feet by 12 feet, behind Door, which is always locked. He shares this world with his mother, with Plant, and tiny Mouse. But then he has his fifth birthday and something unaccountably changes: his mother tells him that the fictional world he sees in TV is all around them, and that Outside isn't just space but a place where other people live... Written  in the voice and perspective of 5 year old Jack, the sinister implications of their life begins to seep through the narrative,  and yet are portrayed through the naive innocence of Jack.  This is  an intelligent and detailed exploration of the way the human mind constructs its own reality, as well as  the enormous potential for resilience in the human spirit, and is  an unsentimental yet affecting,  and thoroughly original  novel.  

Paperback, 320 Pages, Orig. Publ. 2010, This Ed. Publ. 2011

Author: Emma Donoghue

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