Archive for February, 2011
Amazing. Absolutely incredible, and I don’t know how she wrote it.
When I heard about the book, I thought it sounded morbid and grotesque. And then I heard it was narrated entirely in the voice of a five year old boy named Jack, whose entire world, all he’s ever known, is a room wherein his mother has been held captive by a sexual kidnapper for over seven years. I thought, “Oh, this is either going to be spectacular or a trainwreck.”
Survey says: spectacular.
From Jack’s viewpoint, we see how small his world is, yet how it is his whole universe. Room is where he lives. Bed is where his mommy sleeps. Cupboard is where he sleeps. They drink from cup, and sit at Table. Every object is sacred, is given a proper name, is of use.
And one day, his mother decides she has to get out of the locked room where they’ve lived for Jack’s entire life. She tries to prepare him for the unimaginable: that she hates his world and wants him to learn to live in a world he believes is only on Television.
This is one of the most unforgettable books I’ve ever read.
This book is a masterpiece of pacing and story-telling. Hillenbrand writes this one in a style similar to her previous book “Seabiscuit” and it’s a real page-turner. Amazing true story of a man who never, ever, ever quit. EVER. It’s one of the most intense, moving and inspiring biographies I’ve ever read.