I used to read for pleasure a lot when I was younger, but as I’ve grown I tended to stray away from reading for pleasure. The texts that I tend to read nowadays is texts that been referred to in my university course, majority of them based on education within young children. I have many types of fiction before, I would one common factor of them all is there is romance within all the stories.
I enjoyed reading Room very much as the story was very gripping and profoundly affecting on myself as a reader. Emma Donoghue’s is able to capture the language and innocent observations of a 5 year-old child, in a traumatising situation, superbly. I enjoyed the relationship between Ma and Jack, and Ma’s efforts to educate Jack in their constricted surroundings, such as building up his lexicon through word games. I very much enjoyed seeing the author’s emotional intelligence that was seen through Ma’s love for and protectiveness over Jack and willing to do anything to save him from the harm that she has endured for so many years. The suspense within the story was very interesting and kept me gripped. Donoghue was able to create a story both disturbing and enjoyable to read.
I would recommend the story to anyone as I feel the book has a lot to offer. People who enjoy suspense-filled novels would be gripped to this story, and also other who enjoy heart-felt stories that make you appreciate about things in your own life, such as your family, would like reading Room also.
Reading Room challenged me as a reader to understand the language of the narrator and understand his point of view of a child within the story. It also challenged me in putting myself in the position of Ma and thinking about what I would do in her role; this was quite difficult for me to do as their situation was very disturbing and almost imaginable to be in. Room helped my reading skills as I was able to read language that was not accurate written English and yet understand what the narrator meant. Room has encouraged me to read more novels as I had forgotten how much I enjoyed reading fiction, also because novels pose strong issues within their stories. For example Room was involved the issues of rape, abduction and child endangerment.
I did not previously consider fiction to be a good use of text within academic study, however after studying Room I see how useful it can be. Jack’s narration and his examples of language helped me understand language acquisition and development in more effective way.