This week's library loot is an easy one to post, because I only borrowed one book from the library. The book, however, is going to be a tough one to read. I got myself on the holds list for the book as soon as I saw my library was getting it in (from Wowbrary) because I heard some very good, albeit very general, buzz about it. Since then, I've learned more on what the book is about and I started to second guess whether I really wanted to read it.
Room by Emma Donaghue
I was going to post the book summary from the inside flap of the book, but then I saw this short, insightful synopsis from reviewer Lynette Mong on Amazon.
"In many ways, Jack is a typical 5-year-old. He likes to read books, watch TV, and play games with his Ma. But Jack is different in a big way--he has lived his entire life in a single room, sharing the tiny space with only his mother and an unnerving nighttime visitor known as Old Nick. For Jack, Room is the only world he knows, but for Ma, it is a prison in which she has tried to craft a normal life for her son. When their insular world suddenly expands beyond the confines of their four walls, the consequences are piercing and extraordinary. Despite its profoundly disturbing premise, Emma Donoghue's Room is rife with moments of hope and beauty, and the dogged determination to live, even in the most desolate circumstances. A stunning and original novel of survival in captivity, readers who enter Room will leave staggered, as though, like Jack, they are seeing the world for the very first time. " --Lynette Mong
What do you think? Sounds harrowing, doesn't it? I think Room is going to be one of those extremely moving books that I can't help but love, even though I may cry thoughout the whole thing. I'd say that the promise of a happily ever after will get me through it, but I'm not even 100% sure that's even the case. I'm avoiding reviews because I want my experience with this book to be entirely, uniquely my own.
Do you like books that move you to tears?
What was the last book you read that strongly affected you?