Have read lots of books and when it came to writing about the impact one left I can’t miss on my recent read of a few months ago. What a book, beautiful and shocking.
The trust shared by a brave young little boy and his mother, the language they speak and understand for each other, and that too confined inside a ROOM of an 11 by 11 feet size for life.
I am talking about… Room
by Emma Donoghue
A 19-year-old girl is kidnaped and trapped and repeatedly raped by old Nick who daily visits the ROOM and on his visit, little Jack is safely packed inside a wardrobe. This story is Jack’s point of view, can a 5-year-old have a view, yes of course and that too when he was showcased life in a completely different manner.
How beautifully MA brings up the kid in a small room with whatever resources she had. He likes to read books, watch TV accessible to only a few channels, play games with his one and only friend his MA. But Jack is different as he has lived his entire life in that room and that is all that he knows. The ROOM is the only world he knows, the other world exists only inside the TV or from the window up above the roof.
I was not able to keep the book down and was shocked the day I read the page which revealed the ROOM to be a prison. The whole book became visual to me and I was actually imagining the whole scene.
The story takes a turn when Ma and Jack come up with a daring plan to escape their prison. Then starts the second half of the book after the escape plan and how little Jack tries to adjust himself to the normal world which is new to him.
When I had picked this book I was unsure about what this thick book would hold, will it bore out or what, but with every growing day, it was a unique and interesting story to read. As the book advances towards climax the police revelations of finding his dead sister under soil…and the love for rug is heart touching.
It left a permanent impact on me and I till date kept thinking is it only Ma and Jack in that room or many more like them? I am always thinking of those who are in similar ROOM’s and can’t get out.
A married woman not allowed to go out, is in a ROOM,
A lady not allowed to fulfill her ambitions, is in a ROOM,
A lady getting raped daily and not breaking her silence is also in a ROOM,
A female employee getting harassed at workplace but she can’t say it loud out of fear of losing job is also in a ROOM,
Come out of ROOM bravely is what MAA motivates to all.