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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
Tags:YA, FIC, Dystopian

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The Giver by Lois Lowry (1993)

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This is a really messed up book. ( )
  annabw | Feb 21, 2017 |
Summary: Jonas has a swell life. Everything flows smoothly from morning to night. Throughout the book the reader is clued-in to the rules and methods of the ideal civilization in which he lives. When he attends the coming-of-age ceremony for 'twelves', he is assigned a career that informs him of how life could be: pain, torture, and death coincide with joy, exhilaration, sunshine, and love. He must work with the Giver to find how to change society forever.
  Rightmeier2194 | Feb 6, 2017 |
I just re-read this book, for the third time and it still strikes me as profound. I can't imagine what I took from it at age 9 or 10 when I first read the book in 4th grade, I think it was, but i'm pretty sure I've taken quite a different outlook on life and matured considerably since then, as I'm now almost 31. But the book is still thought provoking and profound in it's simplicity and that old cliche that ignorance is bliss is certanly challenged and exploited and we're reminded that the imperfections and the detailed diffences are what make us beautiful, not in spite of, but becuse of. Although I've read The Giver three times now, I've yet to read the 3 books that follow in the Giver quartet, for fear that they might not measure up to the high standards of the first. Although my curiosity is getting the best of me after this 3rd time and i might break down and read them, yet I've been told by others that this should have been a stand alone, I'll be my own decider of that. I'm also curious as to the movie rendition of this classic and am looking forward to viewing the work on screen. Five star rating and recommended to anyone at any age and any intrest in reading. This is a great book, quick and easy read with a beautiful message. ( )
  JordanAshleyPerkins | Jan 26, 2017 |
The Giver is a great book for older students in my opinion. Some younger students wouldn’t be able to understand the things that are happening in certain chapters. The reader is easily able to imagine the utopian society they live in from the author’s use of language and tone. The society is controlled by the Elders, the oldest members of the community and the only ones who know the secrets, this is known by the end of the first couple chapters. This automatically creates a mysterious image in my head making me ask the question. What’s really going on? The charters are realistic, the book follows a family many students can relate to with a mom, dad, brother and sister-a traditional family arrangement. The author focuses on the young boy, Jonas, as he grows up and gets assigned his role as an adult in the community. Growing up is easily relatable. The theme of this book is that nothing is as perfect as it seems. This is a great message for children to learn, especially in society today where things are portrayed on TV and the internet as perfect. I've heard people rave about this book for years and I can understand why. It is a dystopian novel but is deceptively straight-forward and easy-to-read, unlike most which try too hard to be frightening and chaotic. This one is scary because of the placid lives of those involved. I thought I had the end figured out, and I did get part of it, but I very much liked the way the book ends and ties things together. ( )
  Biglee821 | Jan 19, 2017 |
Idk if I would always rate this a 5 or if it just touched me so much now and wouldn't always. It really made me think. The end between Jonas and Gabe caused me tears. My heart was bursting for the boys. I'm definitely going to read more in this series as soon as I can. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
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This book examines a utopian society thoroughly and fairly; it is this fairness that makes the novel so riveting and thought-provoking, and so perfect for triggering discussions. The author is true to her determination not to stack the deck for readers; the ending is deliberately ambiguous, with allegorical overtones, leaving readers to decide what they want to believe.

Jonas' world is very appealing. The community runs by common agreement to its rules; some freedom is sacrificed for security; joy, for avoidance of misery. The choices, which provide the catalyst for discussion, all involve one central decision: to forgo the highs of life in order to get rid of the lows -- to find the middle way. There is a lot to be said for this, though Jonas, speaking presumably for the author, ultimately rejects it. Some children will agree with Jonas, but others will find themselves attracted to a life that is uniformly pleasant, if never exhilarating.

added by Ruswandi | editDesain Taman Minimalis (Feb 11, 2017)
Despite occasional logical lapses, "The Giver," a powerful and provocative novel, is sure to keep older children reading. And thinking.

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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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