Room

by Emma Donoghue | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0330519921 Global Overview for this book
Registered by goodthinkingmax of Sydney, New South Wales Australia on 10/12/2010
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6 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by goodthinkingmax from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Lots of hype about this book so hopefully I'll enjoy it. It's also on the shortlist for the Booker prize so if anyone's interested in reading it, join the Booker challenge (see Fleebo's bookshelf)

Journal Entry 2 by Fleebo at Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Received in person from goodthinkingmax. Looks claustrophobic. Thanks!

Journal Entry 3 by Fleebo at Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Interesting psychology playing out here, and of course the media twisting the story into what it expects instead of what it is. Jack's point of view is the natural one to choose as the narrator, because it's so unusual, but he doesn't really convince me.
Ugly. I didn't enjoy this at all, but I respect it.

No idea who should get this next... I will offer it to FreePages first, since I have another to send anyway.

Journal Entry 4 by FreePages at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Sunday, January 02, 2011
As you both might have gathered from my posts on other books.....
Whoops- the end of 2010 was just a bit crazy and so I forgot to journal one or two books. My New Years Resolution - to catch up with my reading. I might be up to some dark books and peaking at the JEs this looks like a quick read might put it towards the top of Mount Toobie in 2011. I've heard "good" things about this book already.
Thanks for sending it on Fleebo and thanks to gtm for the ring :)
GTM let me know where to send it next?

Journal Entry 5 by FreePages at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Due to a bit of eye trouble I've have had trouble keeping up with bookcrossing over the past 6months- I haven't been reading at all, which is something of a record. I hope I'll be able to get into it again now and get some books moving.

I was looking for a book to read for "Orange July" mrstremes blog challenge, through Librarything and Facebook and "Room" looked like the perfect fit. "Room" was short-listed for The Orange Prize in 2011 and was the bookies favourite but was pipped at the post by "The Tiger's Wife".
I just finished it last night after reading it in two sitting. It's a compelling read but because of the subject matter I felt I had to steel myself before starting on it. I don't think I should have been quite as worried about it.
First half was a bit sinister but the second part of the book (once they left "Room") was easier going for me then for the characters.

I found the child's perspective much more compelling and perhaps more convincing in "Room" then in some other books such as The Boy in the Striped PJs and I'm not scared, even though they are two very good books.

Not sure where to send this next?
I have another book to read that has livrecache up next, I can check with her to see if she's interested.
Thanks for the opportunity to read it.

PS and after reading my previous post- so much for NYs resolutions ;)

Journal Entry 6 by star-light at Melbourne CBD, Victoria Australia on Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Caught! Thanks FreePages for posting and for the lovely postcard tucked into the book.

This book seems to be from the 2010 Man Booker list and I don't think I joined the challenge that year (I was a bit fatigued by all the thick books in 2008 and 2009), but I did want to read this one so I hope others don't mind me pushing in! I'll do my best to move it on quickly.

Journal Entry 7 by star-light at Melbourne CBD, Victoria Australia on Wednesday, February 01, 2012
I remember seeing this book at the shops, reading the blurb on the back, and being intrigued as to what the 'room' referred to was. I'm glad I finally know!

I found this one gripping and disturbing at the same time. This kind of thing does happen, and for me it was confronting to imagine what these people have to go through. The mother-son relationship was interesting, as was they way Jack and Ma viewed their situation so differently.

Thanks for including me in this ring. I'll send it on when I find out who to send it to.

Journal Entry 8 by star-light at Melbourne CBD, Victoria Australia on Monday, February 27, 2012
On its way to miss-jo.

Journal Entry 9 by miss-jo at Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Friday, March 09, 2012
Received a week or so ago, but I only opened the parcel today. I'm going to read something light and quick before I tackle this one.

Journal Entry 10 by miss-jo at Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Saturday, December 29, 2012
I tried, I really did, but I just couldn't bring myself to finish this... or even to pick it up after I put it down for the first time. It's been sitting there making me feel guilty for... erm... rather longer than I realised. Time to send it on its way.

Thanks heaps goodthinkingmax and I'm sorry for keeping it so long.

Journal Entry 11 by livrecache at Trentham, Victoria Australia on Friday, January 04, 2013
Thank you, Miss-Jo for sending me this book. I look forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 12 by livrecache at Trentham, Victoria Australia on Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Grotesque though this book was, I thought it was well done. Since it was written we've had such things happening (Germany?). The vocab was precocious for a child of this age, but that was admitted. I think one had to suspend one's disbelief quite often –– but how could one know how a mother would act in such a situation? I'm glad to have read it, and I'd be happy to recommend it. Thanks miss-jo for sending it to me.

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