Room by Emma Donoghue – Book club report

My book club really liked this book and every person in the group gave it a 5-star rating, here are some of the comments and opinions.

‘I enjoyed the way the story unveiled slowly.’

‘A must-read, surprising, told from a unique perspective.’

‘This book was not looked forward to but I found it surprisingly enjoyable.’

‘Giving birth on your own must be horrendous.’

‘It is remarkable that Ma did not go insane through the sheer monotony of their situation.’

‘It was clever how Donoghue used modern things that we all know to keep the book grounded and interesting.’

‘The specific ending was necessary for Jack.’

‘I was pleased there was a happy ending.’

‘The author was brave to include Ma’s dads reaction.’

‘I loved the way Jack’s step-dad was so brilliant with him.’

‘I liked how realistic grandma was, she did lose her temper at times and was frustrated by some of Jack’s idiosyncracies but she also handled him very well and compromised when necessary.’

‘It was interesting how Jack was a form of escape for Ma, a distraction from what her life was really like and then he was her physical escape as well which she had been planning for years.’

‘It was very touching that Jack didn’t want to know about “outside” when Ma started telling him about it.  It was such a huge thing for Jack to take on board that the T.V. world was actually real.’

‘All the small comments made by Jack bring it home to you how horrible it really was.’

There were mixed responses to the thought of a sequel, some definitely wanted one, some would read one, some were happy with how the book ended as a self-contained book.

The answers offered up for the book club Questions will be added into the original post.

This first discussion meeting of our book club went very well with everybody contributing and I am sure we could have expanded on much of the discussion points if we had more time.

~ by adelesymonds on April 29, 2012.

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