Wednesday, March 7, 2012
By Emma Donoghue
Recommended by Suey???
First sentence Today I am five.
Told from five year old Jack's perspective, comes the tale of a mother and son locked in a room and their daring escape.
What it has going for it
I've been putting off reading this book for a long time. I think I had some weird expectations. See, I thought they were going to be in the room the entire book and that it was going to have some deep message of sacrifice; with the mother keeping her son innocent of the awful things that were going on. Of course, once I started reading I realized that if this whole 321 page book was going to be about being locked in this room I was going to lose interest fast! Luckily, a hundred pages in things started happening and got very interesting from there on out. I enjoyed Jack's voice and found his actions and feeling incredibly realistic. I couldn't help but want to judge certain characters and kept having to remind myself that I have NO idea what it would be like to go through what they did. Then I'd laugh that these characters were so real to me that I even wanted to judge them. Talented writing indeed to accomplish that, agreed?
Like I said, those first hundred pages weren't very good at holding my attention but that might just be a personal preference. I think some people might be bothered by some of the graphic descriptions and subject matter. I don't know, once it got going I don't think there was much lacking.
Yea or Nay?
I'd recommend it.