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The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver (original 1993; edition 2002)

by Lois Lowry

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Title:The Giver
Authors:Lois Lowry
Info:Laurel Leaf (2002), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 192 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:YA, dystopian, government, coming-of-age, propaganda

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The Giver by Lois Lowry (1993)

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This book is great for students because it teaches children to think outside of the box. They can imagine a world that is different from their own reality. ( )
  AimeeSword | Mar 28, 2017 |
Genre: Science Fiction
Media: text
Age Appropriateness: Middle School, High School
Review: This is a book about a society who is totally run by their government and people can not see color. There is this old man named Giver who has all of the knowlegde about their society, and he can see color. The Giver spends the last parts of his job giving all of his memories and abilities to the boy (the new Giver). The people in the society are brainwashed to believe that the life they live in like the life of everyone else and that other cities live the same way. It is not until he lives his society does he realizes everything he thought he knew was wrong.
Critique: I think this is a good science fiction book because it goes through a society who is totally run by the government which is called distopia. This is a good science fiction because this is a society who is ran by their government which can and does happen in real life, this society is only allowed two children, a boy and a girl, in which the mother does not carry the child but instead their our women in the society who carry children for three years as their job.
  Kmacuk15 | Mar 23, 2017 |
The most important theme in this novel is that all memories, good and bad, have a significant impact on human behavior and without them you are bound to repeat the same mistakes. This book was even more impactful the second time reading it for many reasons. The authors gives the reader an opportunity to think about tough issues such as equality. For example, on page 20 Jonas’s little sister Lily pointed out his unique eye color but to do so was considered to be rude because “No one mentioned such things; it was not a rule, but was considered rude to call attention to things that were unsettling or different about individuals.” Reading this, I thought about how I would feel if I looked, talked, and acted just as everyone else did. I was able to put myself in that situation and envision how meaningless and empty life would be if everything was equal, as Jonas realized when he became the Receiver. Another reason why I really enjoyed the book was the way the author left the ending of the book; “Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps it was only an echo”. The author leaves it up to the reader to make their own interpretation of the ending, but to me two were clear: both Jonas and Gabriel were coming upon a cabin that was playing music, or Jonas only heard the music from his memory and it wasn’t actually real. The fact that the author lets the reader make their own conclusion allows for greater critical thinking and engagement you wouldn’t otherwise have if the author wrote a detailed ending. The only thing I would mention is that I didn’t have a strong connection as a reader to any of the characters, perhaps because of the author’s choice of writing in third person or the short nature of the book. ( )
  thodge3 | Mar 9, 2017 |
The Giver is a story that reminds you how beautiful life is. As the saying goes, you don't know what you have till it's gone, this book brings light to that without you having to actually lose it. In The Giver we find a community rid of all uniqueness, color, choice and what I consider to be the strongest message of the book, love. The book is useful for teaching the value of life, uniqueness and choice and love. ( )
  AnnaBailey | Mar 9, 2017 |
Many readers will tell you that the message behind “The Giver” is that change is not always bad and to never give up on something you believe is right. When the main character is given his assigned job in the community, he receives memories of what the community was like before. He noticed that there was choice for the people; there was joy and love. Even with the bad memories that he saw, he thought it was better than the unfair life of no choice they were living. It was very dangerous for him to say anything and try to make change by bringing all of the memories back. He risks his life for something he thinks is better for the community, according to his hope and dreams.
  KaitlynMahani | Mar 2, 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 johnsmithsen | 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


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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