The novel is about a woman who's been abducted and trapped for years by a man in a shed in his garden. She has had a child by him and the only world the 5 year old child knows is 'Room'. The mother faces problems when he begins to grow old enough to realise that the world he sees on the TV represents the real world, and she begins to plan to get him out. It's a really fabulous read. Donoghue says that the Fritzl case in Austria partly inspired her story. She writes about her novel on her website here
If you've been watching the news today about the three women and a 6 year old child found trapped in a house in Ohio (item here), you'll know why I thought about the book.
That was, obviously, the serious reason.
The trivial reason? A few weeks ago, I brought my copy of 'Room' back home from school. And, because there was no space for it on my bookshelf, I'd lain the book horizontally along the top of others.
This morning, I note that my husband, who hates horizontally-placed books, had squeeeeeeeezed Donoghue's novel in between two other books, upright, but very unsuccessfully, so the spine sticks right out past the others, with the big word 'ROOM' very obvious.
No room for 'Room'. I love that kind of irony.
|Fran's husband's idea of bookshelves. He also rearranges cutlery drawers so|
the spoons face in the same direction......