This month our theme is ESCAPE. Where do you escape to? For you is escape leaving something behind or perhaps discovering something new. Perhaps you are someone who loves escaping into the pages of a gripping book, taking the time to leave technology behind for awhile, get comfy and enjoy turning the pages as the story unfolds.....
Room by Emma Donoghue
Room is the entire world to five year old Jack. It is where he was born and where he grew up with his mother. His Ma is determined to create a life for Jack in Room, but for her it is a prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. When Old Nick visits at night Ma shuts Jack safely in the wardrobe where he is meant to be asleep. Ma knows that this won't be enough for Jack for much longer so she devises an escape plan, one that not only relies on a lot of luck but also Jack's bravery. However Ma realizes very quickly how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.
Room was published in 2010 and is Donoghue's seventh novel. It is an international bestseller, and has either won or been shortlisted for many literary fiction prizes.
Donoghue explains Room was inspired by having kids and the locked room is a metaphor for the claustrophobic, tender bond of parenthood. She borrowed observations, jokes, kid grammar and dialogues from her son Finn, who was five at the time the book was written.
If you've read this book we would love to hear what you thought if it, or any other favorites with theme of Escape.
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