ROOM by Emma Donoghue – SPOILER PAGE
Ok – you know the drill…. the spoiler pages are used to openly and freely discuss a book without fear of giving away anything to an unsuspecting person who has not read the book. If you have not read this book – STOP NOW. My review is safe to read but this page will be full of details in the book that are very spoilerish.
That said, let’s begin. The only thing that really bothered me through out the entire read was the breast-feeding. I hate to say that and I feel just prudish doing so … but it really disturbed me. And maybe that is what author Emma Donoghue was going for…. the squirm factor. I think the fact that Jack was 5 and asking for “some” or walking up to his mom and lifting her shirt up to breast feed just still even as I type bugs me. And again – I get it. I am sure the milk that Jack needed was probably not readily available in their circumstances and they never knew if they could count on Old Nick or not, so I understand why it is in the book… I guess I am just wondering if anyone else squirmed through this too?
I really thought the book was well put together and well thought out. The escape, while scary, was believable. I liked how the author put in things that I would not have thought of, like the sensitivity to sun after not having been in it and even how careful they had to be of germs once out in the world.
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UPDATE: I just finished my author chat with Emma Donoghue and I asked her about the breastfeeding and what was behind this part of the book. Here is her response:
Emma: Finally, your breastfeeding question. It seems to me that Jack mentions it pretty rarely, actually: he gives far more analysis of what they have for lunch and dinner. But it’s such a touchy subject (especially, I’m finding, in the US) that it stands out. I kept it in because it seemed entirely natural that Ma would keep up that most comforting part of the mother-baby bond as long as they are living very much like a mother-and-baby (never apart, never socializing with other people) in ROOM.