FIVE-YEAR-OLD BOY BRAVES GREAT ESCAPE FROM ROOMauthored by Emma Donoghue, is a story that captured my heart. A Five-Year-Old Boy Braves Great Escape from Room. What makes it unique is told from a five-year-old boy’s perspective. If it had been told from the mother’s perspective, it would have been a sad story and one that has been written many times before based on actual events. The story is sad because we know the circumstances, but the boy does not see it that way. We see how a little boy looks at the world and what he is thinking.
GREAT ESCAPE FROM ROOM SYNOPSIS
The story starts with Jack’s birthday when he turns five years old. It’s only him and his mother living in an 11 sq ft room, which Jack just calls Room. They are being held captive by a man that kidnapped his mother seven years ago when she was nineteen years old. His mother tries to make life as normal as possible by creating routines. Jack learned what time they ate dinner, took a bath, and went to bed. He could read a digital clock.
Since he could never leave the Room and has only a small skylight to look out, Jack had never seen the outside world. They do have a small TV to pass the time. He thinks that everything in the TV is not real.
Jack is an intelligent boy. Although he doesn’t have many books, he loves to read. Often his mother will read him the books. Watching TV taught him a lot of things too. His mother taught him to write his name and sentences.
Room is an adorable and heart-wrenching story. I didn’t want it to end. Coming to the end of the book, I wondered how it was going to finish. It doesn’t wrap up like in a crime or a romance book. Nonetheless, the ending is touching and perfect. I don’t give five stars to many books, but this one deserves it. It captured my attention from beginning to end.
I like how Jack says that his Ma unlies to him when she told him lies but now she is telling him the truth. There are so many words in the book that reflects how young children speak.
“When I was four I thought everything in TV was just TV, then I was five and Ma unlied about lots of it being pitures of real and Outside being totally real. Now I’m in Outside but it turns out lots of it isn’t real at all.” (p. 277)
Another aspect of the book that I enjoyed was the made up words Jack and his mother would create. They used ‘scave‘ to mean both scared and brave. Jack came up with a lot of word sandwiches, as they called them, throughout the book. The reader is glimpsing into a young child’s mind.