Monday, March 28, 2011

Book Review - The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver

If you liked the Gwyneth Paltrow movie Sliding Doors, you will love The Post-Birthday World.

While Lionel Shriver is better known for her equally well crafted book, We Need to Talk About Kevin, I enjoyed this book more.

In The Post-Birthday World, Shriver places her central character, Irina, at a crossroads.

She must make a split decision - remain faithful to Lawrence, her partner of 10 years, or venture into the unknown with Ramsey.

Shriver creates a parallel universe in which we are able to witness the outcomes of both choices as they unfold.

The Post-Birthday World explores the impact of the choices we make and how they can alter the path of our lives.

It is a book that will stay with you long after the last page.

When you finish it, ask yourself – what would your choice have been?

Would you like to read The Post-Birthday World? 

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Book Review - Room by Emma Donoghue

I belong to a book club whose members meet every six weeks, taking it in turns to choose books for group discussion.

When I recently announced that my next choice was Room by Emma Donoghue, I was greeted by a sea of concerned faces.

Room is told in the voice of a five year-old boy, Jack, who lives with his Ma in a room measuring 11 feet by 11 feet.

Ma and “Room” are his whole world – the implication being that it’s a situation similar to the real life stories of Natascha Kampusch and Elizabeth Fritzl who spent years locked away in hidden rooms against their will.

It was hardly surprising that my book club friends had doubts about my choice.

But by the time our book club discussion came around, they all agreed that Room is a worthy read.

While the subject matter has dark and depressing undertones, Emma Donoghue takes our focus away from that and places it firmly on the dynamics of Room.

Jack is oblivious to the outside world and the circumstances that led to Room.

It is heart-warming to view the world through his child eyes.

However, this is also a story about Ma.

Through Jack’s narration, Emma Donoghue provides an insight into what life might be like for Ma.

What would it be like to live confined to a small room with a young child?

What would you tell your child if you lived in Room?

How would you protect them and give them the opportunity to live their life to the full?

What would you do as your child grew older and became aware of the world outside?

This is the story of Room.

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