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The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver (original 1993; edition 2006)

by Lois Lowry

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Title:The Giver
Authors:Lois Lowry
Info:Ember (2006), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 208 pages
Collections:For school, Read but unowned
Tags:Dystopian, Science fiction

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The Giver by Lois Lowry (1993)

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An enthralling story of a society crushed by authority and the loss of memory. A young boy is invited to peek behind the curtain and .....

The audiobook was well produced and kept me and the kids enthralled on a road trip. ( )
  dougcornelius | May 3, 2016 |
I liked this book for two reasons. First, the language is very descriptive. With such an abstract concept that not many readers can imagine, the author uses descriptive and detailed language to help provide the audience with ample information about this futuristic, unreal world. For example, the author writes, "He was in a confused, noisy, foul-smelling place" (p. 118). This descriptive language appeals to the audience's five senses and provides them with a well-rounded description of the place that Jonas has traveled to. With the use of descriptive language, the author creates a detailed setting for the audience to envision as the story goes on. I also like this book because it pushes readers to broaden their perspectives and think about difficult topics. Because everyone has memories, the author pushes the audience to think about what life would be like without those memories and how different their lives would be. By having the audience think about changing their lives as they know it, Lowry pushes the audience to think differently and have a new appreciation for their current lifestyle. Overall, the big idea of this book is to look at society as a whole and to make sure that people do not blindly follow the rules of society. ( )
  kaylafrey | May 2, 2016 |
I did not like this book for a number of reasons, two of them being the characters and writing style. This book is a modern fantasy that takes place in an utopian society where there is no “I” just “We” and individuals cannot see color. The characters are designated with a career and must follow all the rules of the community in order to fit in. The characters are not exposed to the fullness of life or the pain of suffering therefore everyone but Jonas the main character sees nothing wrong with living the way they do. The style of writing is interesting in that memories and real life come together to help Jonas understand the ways of the past, this makes the story a little confusing to follow and while you learn plenty about Jonas and the Giver, the other characters are not fully developed which leads the story to be somewhat lacking. The main message however, is that in a place where change seems impossible and the rest of the world is against you, the ones who care the most about you will help you make a difference. ( )
  gretchencompere | May 2, 2016 |
Интересное чтиво. Но детям бы не давал его читать ​без должных комментариев. Обычная история эгоизма ​и тщеславия, побудившего человека решать самому за​ все общество. По сути жили они весьма хорошо и сч​астливо. И только этим двум глупцам было тяжело и ​одиноко. Если глубже копнуть, то встаёт философски​й вопрос что есть жизнь, для чего мы живём, можно ​ли пожертвовать одним ради многих, что есть выбор?​ Книжечку рекомендую к прочтению. Неспешному, вдум​чивому, с последующей рефлексией по горячим следам​ ( )
  Billy.Jhon | Apr 25, 2016 |
I liked this book for several reasons. The main message was to give the readers a look into a dystopian society. The first think I liked about the story was that the characters were well developed. Jonas is the only "normal" character in the book from the reader's perspective, but from the society's point of view he is the one who is the outsider. Jonas is a well developed character who expresses his thoughts and feelings. For example, his developing anger towards the authority in his society are typical of adolescents. This also makes him a believable character, even though the setting of the book is unrealistic. The book follows Jonas' journey and his interactions with his peers and the rest of society. Through these interactions, the reader is able to picture just how unusual Jonas' society really is. I also enjoyed the element of fantasy in the story. The fact that Jonas is the only one who can hold all of the memories of the entire society / village is unrealistic, but also gives the book a powerful message. It is through this power that Jonas is able to see the true pain and suffering people had to endure before they reached this level of sameness. This also helps show the reader the importance of individuality as well as self-will - Jonas' escape from the town was a way of liberating himself as well as opening the rest of his society up to the true ups and downs of life. ( )
  ygurova | Apr 22, 2016 |
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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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Ibatoulline, BagramIllustratorsecondary 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


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.

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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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