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The Giver The Giver by Lois Lowry


My review


rating: 5 of 5 stars

This beautiful book came out in 1993 and won the Newbery award (given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children). I remember seeing it on many shelves and being intrigued by its cover image of a grizzled old bearded man that reminded me of pictures of da Vinci. But I didn't actually read it until now.

Amazon's review gives a good summary without giving away too much: "In a world with no poverty, no crime, no sickness and no unemployment, and where every family is happy, 12-year-old Jonas is chosen to be the community's Receiver of Memories. Under the tutelage of the Elders and an old man known as the Giver, he discovers the disturbing truth about his utopian world and struggles against the weight of its hypocrisy."

While similar stories have been told, this is a beautifully written and moving book that adds to the themes and genres. Highly recommended, though its intended audience (by age) may find it challenging.


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brightflashes
Apr. 15th, 2009 04:30 am (UTC)
Right on. I loved that book and it's one of my top recommendations. Apparently there's a sequel, but I've never read it.
thndrstd
Apr. 15th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
I've just requested the sequel from the library. I'll report back. :)
kitchengrrl
Apr. 15th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
This is part of the 8th grade English curriculum at my school. Haven't read it yet, but I am intrigued.

Had a great time with your lovely wife last night!
thndrstd
Apr. 15th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
Hooray! My wife is always fun.

I loved this book. As I say, I hadn't read it before, but I was always interested. It's really good.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 28th, 2009 09:34 am (UTC)
The Giver
The Giver explores the old debate of freedom versus safety. A stable middle ground or the exhilaration of emotional highs? What is more important – the individual or a greater good? These are all questions that cannot be answered in black and white and Lois Lowry more than aptly explores these questions in the book. Challenging ideas for the young adult audience, but with a little help and guidance, it should prove a more than worthy read. There is a good site called Shmoop which offers some interesting viewpoints on The Giver (http://www.shmoop.com/intro/literature/lois-lowry/the-giver.html) . If you need any help with the themes of literary techniques used, this site might come in handy.
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