Friday, December 4, 2015

Born in Captivity

Room by Emma Donoghue
: May 18, 2011 by Back Bay Books
First Published: September 13, 2010
I remember back when this book first came out thinking it was such an interesting concept. It's now been years since it's been released, and years that I've been looking forward to reading it... something that can lend itself to a let down. But instead this book was just what I expected and I totally get what all the hype was about.

Reading this book, I didn't want to put it down. I would have been happy to sit down and read it all in one sitting, but pesky things like sleep got in the way. In some ways this book is predictable. You know they have to escape, otherwise what exactly would be the point. But I still had to know exactly when and how it would happen.

As much as I loved this book, it's hard to say it's really enjoyable. This book is about a really depressing topic. And the more you get into it the worse things become. It brought up aspects of life living your whole life in a single room that I never would have thought of. But yet each time something happened, it made complete sense that would be the reaction.

In a lot of ways I can't believe it's taken me so long to read this book. Although I do think reading this book now as a parent, gives me a different appreciation for it than I would have otherwise. I know they just turned this book into a movie, and while I'm sure it's amazing, I do think I'm going to need to prepare myself to watch it.



  1. This was a difficult and sad read for me as well but it was also a book I really enjoyed. I had a hard time adjusting to the language in the book - my memory is foggy as i read it so long ago but I think the child narrates it at times and it was tough to get used to the rhythm of the language used if that makes any sense? I heard that they did a good job of turning this into a movie but I think I will wait and see it when it's out on DVD...

  2. I don't know if I could watch the movie. Have you read "Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland"? Because it is this book in real life and a really tough read. But a good one.