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Manor House Library Reading Group News

August’s meeting discussed the novel Room by Emma Donoghue. 

What they say about it 

“Part childhood adventure story, part adult thriller, Room is above all the most vivid, radiant and beautiful expression of maternal love I have ever read. Emma Donoghue has stared into the abyss, honoured her sources and returned with the literary equivalent of a great Madonna and Child. This book will break your heart.” – The Irish Times

 What we say

Room is written with honesty, integrity, insight, understanding and flair. Emma Donoghue is no ‘clodhopper’ which is more than can be said for some other writers who have attempted similar subjects. The book was “easy to read”, and “hard to put down”. The child’s voice who narrates the story is captivating. The mother is exceptional. The book is a “hymn to motherhood”. It is also a testament to the “power of language and storytelling”.

One group member didn’t read the book feeling the author had exploited recent factual events in writing the novel.

Next month’s book is The Hare With Amber Eyes by Edmund De Waal
Thursday 29 September 2011, 2-3pm
Manor House Library

Read another review of Room by one of our bloggers.

Have you read this novel? Let us know your thoughts.

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