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The Giver (original 1993; edition 1993)

by Lois Lowry

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Title:The Giver
Authors:Lois Lowry
Info:Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (1993), Kindle Edition, 192 pages
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The Giver by Lois Lowry (1993)

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Great storyline, exciting plot, unfortunately, I felt a bit like Jonus at the end, as though I had just discovered what "release" was. I hate books that end like this; it always feels like a cop-out to me. ( )
  C1ndyluhu | Sep 3, 2014 |
As a person who reads as much as I do and loves dystopian fiction it is surprising that I had not read [The Giver] by [Lois Lowry] before now. It has been in my classroom for years and on "my list" but I never got around to it. Now with it coming out as a movie(which I will never see because the book is ALWAYS better), I decided to read it.

It reminded me of [Fahrenheit 451] by [Ray Bradbury]. The concept of a sterilized society without creativity has been around for a long time. [Lowry] puts the reliance of society's memory on a child. It becomes his responsibility to remember and protect them from their own history. The Sameness is their protection but at what cost?

Overall I enjoyed [The Giver] and hope all my students read it. ( )
  MsHooker | Sep 1, 2014 |
This was a bit short and should have gone further, but I really enjoyed the story and engaged with the main character. Learning the truth and growing up has never been so well told. I can't wait to read the other stories in the quartet. ( )
  steven.wade | Aug 29, 2014 |
I decided I had to read the book before seeing the movie, which interested me. I enjoyed the book a lot. It's a fast read and very entertaining. The characters grabbed me right away. The only down side for me wasn't the author's fault. Since I'd seen a couple interviews of stars in the movie, I knew who thee of the characters were played by in the movie before reading it. That distracted me before we came across each character a little and I definitely pictured these three characters as I'd already seen them. Thankfully, the main character other than the Giver is not one I already knew. I looked that up after the fact.

I definitely recommend reading this if you didn't read it as a child and if you did, you might want to reread it. Many books I liked when I was younger didn't interest me any more when I tried to reread them. I think if you liked this before you'll still enjoy it. I can't wait to see the movie. It's clear the person playing the Giver (I won't give anything away if you somehow don't know yet) loved the book and reading it to his son, so I believe he would have wanted to stay true to the story. I look forward to seeing it this weekend! ( )
  KatKealy | Aug 29, 2014 |
Just saw the movie, so I had to read this again. Still one of my fave novels, but I forgot some parts of it. This is a futuristic and chilling tale that brings me new meaning in light of current governmental decisions. ( )
  LadyoftheLodge | Aug 27, 2014 |
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Despite occasional logical lapses, "The Giver," a powerful and provocative novel, is sure to keep older children reading. And thinking.
added by Aerrin99 | editNew York Times, Karen Ray (Oct 31, 1993)
 

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Lois Lowryprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ibatoulline, BagramIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rifkin, RonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened.
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His mind reeled. Now, empowered to ask questions of utmost rudeness- and promised answers- he could, conceivably (though it was almost unimaginable), ask someone, some adult, his father perhaps: "Do you lie?" But he had no way of knowing if the answer he received were true.
We really have to protect people from wrong choices.
But everyone would be burdened and pained. They don't want that. And that's the real reason The Receiver is so vital to them, and so honored. They selected me-- and you--to lift that burden from themselves.
Jonas did not want to go back. He didn't want the memories, didn't want the honor, didn't want the wisdom, didn't want the pain. He wanted his childhood again, his scraped knees and ball games.
Sometimes I wish they'd ask for my wisdom more often-there are so many things I could tell them; things I wish they would change. But they don't want change. Life here is so orderly, so predictable-so painless. It's what they've chosen.
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This book is about Jonah who is trying to figure out what memories are since he is the receiver and the giver is giving them to him. The story takes place in post-apocalyptic world (I'm assuming). Jonah has to come to terms with release and the very culture that he exists in. There is a trilogy for this series, and I'm excited to read them. This book can be used for character, theme, and other story elements in a class.
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A black and white world

One boy holds the memories

Of colorful past

(Sundancer)

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0440237688, Mass Market Paperback)

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. With echoes of Brave New World, in this 1994 Newbery Medal winner, Lowry examines the idea that people might freely choose to give up their humanity in order to create a more stable society. Gradually Jonas learns just how costly this ordered and pain-free society can be, and boldly decides he cannot pay the price.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:25:11 -0400)

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Lowry's unforgettable tale introduces 12-year-old Jonas, who is singled out by the Community to be trained by The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of true pain and pleasure. Now it's time for Jonas to receiver the truth.

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