Van has finished reading…Room by Emma Donoghue

18 Mar

This is probably the worst story I’ve had to read. Yet there’s the imperative. I couldn’t not read it. The point of view is the masterstroke of this book, allowing the presentation of some truly harrowing narrative that I suspect a lot of readers wouldn’t have got through had it been presented from an adult’s perspective. It moves the reader expertly through a range of emotion, but throughout the book there is an underlying sense of vulnerability that left me at times feeling helpless and even angry. It may not be advisable to read this in public though, unless you have a supply of tissues handy.

It is a masterpiece.

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