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The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver (original 1993; edition 1993)

by Lois Lowry

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Title:The Giver
Authors:Lois Lowry
Info:Laurel Leaf Books (2002), Later printing, Mass market paperback
Collections:Sean's books
Tags:Dystopia--Utopia--Alternate History, Juvenile, dystopias, psychic abilities, 1993, DK-FAN, bl

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The Giver by Lois Lowry (1993)

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Continuing with my project to re-read a favorite book every month, I re-read [The Giver]. This is one of my favorite dystopian novels. Lowry does an excellent job of gradually revealing how the community in which Jonas lives differs from our own. On the surface, it seems like an orderly, enjoyable place to live, but when twelve-year-old Jonas is selected as the keeper of memories, he learns the dangers that come with removing differences.

Lowry creates a world that is believable, but disturbing. The story moves along at a rapid pace, building to a its climax. This is a book that I wish I had read as a child. I think it would have been even more impactful then. I can't wait for the movie to come out this summer. ( )
  porch_reader | Apr 6, 2014 |
The Giver explores free-will and how our fate is decided with no ability to choose or guide our outcomes. Society decides who will succeed and who will live. While all roles in the community are respected, they also understand that intelligence and ability dictate their future. Read my full review at http://thekeytothegate.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-giver-by-lois-lowry.html ( )
  rebeccaskey | Apr 2, 2014 |
Like "Remember the Stars", this kept catching my eye on those wire swivel racks in my elementary school library. But I never wanted to check it out -- what nine-year-old boy wants to read a book about an old man and "giving"? Plus a pretentious award? No thank you.

And again, like "Remember the Stars", I finally got around to reading it. The result? Well, it has good points and bad points. It's easy to read, but the story doesn't start until almost at the halfway point. Before that it's all world-building. Once you get into the "giving" that the complications start setting in. And they are good complications.

But that ending... Oh, that ending. I hate, hate, HATE ambiguous endings. That stupid "was it a dream or wasn't it?" that belongs in art films and stories with no plot. 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, The Matrix, The Black Hole, Inception, Half-Life. There's only two reasons to do that: the writer doesn't know how to end it and gives up or the writer wants to mess with expectations -- to create arguments and analyses. In either case, it's disrespectful to the reader. Do I truly believe Lois Lowry set out to do that? It's not outside the realm of possibility.

But I'll say this. That ending soured me on reading any further books in the "Giver" series, and any books by Lowry herself even. Think about that, authors. A carefully, crafted exciting ending isn't as necessary as you think. The fun is in the journey, not the destination. But that journey needs to conclusion to signal that it's over. ( )
  theWallflower | Mar 26, 2014 |
Ugh...this book totally messed with my head. I am a huge fan of dystopian novels. A future time in which people follow the rules. They are assigned to families and jobs and really don't know any other way. Jonas, our main character, is chosen for an unusual and highly respected job within the community. Once he starts his training, his whole life changes.

Excellently written, however, I hated the ending. Absolutely hated it. It wasn't poorly written, but I hated the choice Ms. Lowry made. ( )
  bookwormteri | Mar 24, 2014 |
This book is a classic for a reason. Really a moving story about a boy who dreams for a whole community, and how that affects him. ( )
  mccandlessn | Mar 22, 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.
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


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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.

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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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