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Room by Emma Donoghue

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Gatehouse77 Sun 19-Feb-17 20:14:00

I know I'm probably a bit late to the party reading this but...WOW!

Have just finished this book and thought it was a brilliant read. I made a mistake on Tuesday by reading before going to sleep and had horrible, disturbing dreams.

Generally, I'm not a particularly emotional but I found myself shedding the odd tear when reading the beginning of After. I found the way she conveyed Jack's skewered views so powerful in their simplicity.

Just bloody brilliant!

NeverTwerkNaked Sun 19-Feb-17 20:15:56

Yes, amazing book. Really thought provoking!

Notinmybackyard Sun 19-Feb-17 20:18:59

I read it a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it too. I've just remembered that there's been a film made of the book. I never got round to seeing it. I'm going to look it up now to see if it's on DVD.

WeAreNotInKansasAnymore Sun 19-Feb-17 20:22:12

I enjoyed it, too - read it in one sitting on holiday, someone had left it in a hotel lobby. It reminded me of the three girls held captive by Ariel Castro. Horrible. I saw that a film had been made but not watched it, either...

Mrsmorton Sun 19-Feb-17 20:25:56

The film is fairly good but the book is obvs better grin (I always say that). But it is true to the storyline.

LemonBreeland Sun 19-Feb-17 20:26:32

I loved this book. I've not seen the film yet either but I would love to.

daimbar Sun 19-Feb-17 20:28:42

amazing book, couldn't put it down.

bbrisotto Sun 19-Feb-17 20:41:26

I finished that book a few weeks ago. I think it will be one of those that sticks with me for a long time after.

Larainette Sun 19-Feb-17 20:44:06

I thought it was amazing too and I still think about it, months later.

bruffin Sun 19-Feb-17 20:50:51

Ive just finished it. I thought i would get irritated by the narrative being told bt a 5 year old, but i didnt. It was such a compelling book and beautifully written.

Gatehouse77 Sun 19-Feb-17 20:57:08

I've just ordered the DVD! A fiver on Amazon.

Bloodybridget Sun 19-Feb-17 21:30:42

I think the novel is terrific, and I did really like the film too - I believe Emma Donohue wrote the screenplay. Obviously it's less complex than the book but it's very well done.

Kathysclown Sun 19-Feb-17 21:32:37

I loved it - very powerful, disturbing, emotional - I think it had me in floods to tears at some point. Try some other Emma Donohue books - they are largely historical I think, but great too.

paulapantsdown Sun 19-Feb-17 21:35:19

Great book. I bet everyone who read it paced out the dimensions of room in their house yeah!?

IonaMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 19-Feb-17 22:07:02

Hi folks. We think this thread maybe belongs in What We're Reading rather than parenting so we're going to move it over shortly.

GingerAndTheBiscuits Sun 19-Feb-17 22:12:18

Loved the book and the truck scene in the film is done absolutely spectacularly - husband was practically hiding behind the sofa watching it and I could hardly breathe. We were so nice to our two DDs the next day grin

wobblywonderwoman Sun 19-Feb-17 22:20:22

I watched the DVD only last week and loved it!

Must get the book, wrong way around but hopefully it won't spoil the book for me. What are you going to read next?

Fizzyknickers Mon 20-Feb-17 22:46:28

I loved the book! It was very well written. I liked the film too, but it almost felt like an overlapping sequel to me. Worth a watch though.

Gatehouse77 Wed 22-Feb-17 11:52:09

I watched the film yesterday and agree with Bloodybridget. The book has more detail and is much better but I did enjoy the film. Jack was a great actor and it still had the essence of the book.

I've been taken aback by how much the book affected me. Not in a particularly positive or negative way but has got me thinking about it. A lot!

purpleme12 Sat 25-Feb-17 20:15:58

I must be different from everyone else. I only thought it was ok/good. Certainly not like everyone says. I didn't think it was that emotional either I mean obviously the subject matter but other books have provoked more emotion in me.

Thingsgettingstranger Sun 26-Feb-17 13:31:12

I loved it

NewYearNewNickname Sun 05-Mar-17 22:33:14

For anyone who would like to watch the film it is on tv next Sat night, 11th March

Foxylass Mon 24-Apr-17 22:33:06

I loved the book and enjoyed the film.....however - why did she not try to get the code for the door lock. 4 digit combination on a 10 digit pad......it would be terrifically time consuming to try ALL possible combinations but as well to try something? ??

Isawahatonce Mon 24-Apr-17 22:43:50

Oh it is wonderful. It's been years since I read it now, perhaps it's due a re-read.

Beeziekn33ze Mon 24-Apr-17 22:49:27

Was given the DVD for my birthday, was very dubious. Three of us, 17, 40, 77 watched and agreed that it's an impressive and moving film. The boy playing Jack was amazing. Now to read the book.

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