November 2015

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What Stories Teach

What Stories Teach – by Justine Gilliland   From cave paintings to blockbusters, stories unveil the colours of our humanity. This is why I love reading.   My current adventure is Room by Emma Donoghue.   Narrated through the eyes of five-year-old Jack, we learn of the only world he knows – “room”. “Real” people only exist in “room”- his mum whom he cherishes, and the frequent visitor (his mother’s kidnapper) who Jack catches mere glimpses of from inside “wardrobe”.   Jack’s life alters when he and his mum escape “outside”. He is repeatedly assured that “outside” will be a…