The first three books of 2011

Before my January exams had even finished, I couldn’t help but start devouring a book or two that I had happily recieved for Christmas. First up was Room by Emma Donoghue.

The book seems to be everywhere at the minute, and incase you didn’t know, it’s about a young woman who has been kidnapped and shut up in a room for seven years. She bears a son, Jack and the story is told from his point of view, age five. He watches TV but doesn’t dream that any of it is real. He is settled and content in his 12 foot square world.

It’s difficult reading at times, his innocence contrasted to the horror that is actually going on is unsettling.

As Sarah Crown from The Guardian reports in August 2010 “To say Room is based on the Fritzl case is too strong,” she (Emma) says firmly. “I’d say it was triggered by it. The newspaper reports of Felix Fritzl [Elisabeth’s son], aged five, emerging into a world he didn’t know about, put the idea into my head. That notion of the wide-eyed child emerging into the world like a Martian coming to Earth: it seized me.”

It really is a riveting read, giving you plenty to talk and think about…

These were the next two – An Abundance of Katherines by John Green and I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak (The author of The Book Thief) I apparently need more practice at book reviews but I can highly recommend both. The John Green offering is funny – I am still using insults from it, sitzpinkler (German: literally, man who sits to pee.) And I am the Messenger is very original, touching, intriguing. I think it hooked me with the fact that Ed the cab driver’s next instruction comes written on a playing card that is posted to his shack. I also loved that his old dog is called The Doorman. Differences are made to lives.

Hopefully 2011’s further reading isn’t limited to tedious eighteenth century works. It’s looking hopeful, otherwise!

Author: Fiona @ lifelyricslemoncake

One thought on “The first three books of 2011”

  1. I’ve heard so many good things about Room! I keep seeing it everywhere too, even on Sainsburys the other day I turned around and nearly toppled into a display of them. I’ve still yet to pick it up though. Something about it just sounds a little too grim for me right now.

    I however LOVED both An Abundance of Katherines AND I Am the Messenger. IATM might very well be on my list of favourite ever books. Love it so. What a wonderful start to 2011, reading these books 🙂

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