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The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver (original 1993; edition 1999)

by Lois Lowry (Author)

Series: The Giver Quartet (1)

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Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
Title:The Giver
Authors:Lois Lowry (Author)
Info:Bantam Books for Young Readers (1999), 192 pages
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The Giver by Lois Lowry (1993)

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    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (chrisharpe, afyfe)
    chrisharpe: I see I am in a minority but, although the idea behind the book is a good one, The Giver struck me as quite clumsy. A much more effective exploration of similar themes is Huxley's "Brave New World".
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    The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (FFortuna)
    FFortuna: The Giver is much darker, but are similar in premise.
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    _Zoe_: Another children's book that manages both to entertain and to make you think. These are two of my favourites.
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    Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (KamTonnes)
    KamTonnes: Uglies and The Giver both portray societies that limit conflict by having very specific rules, roles, and expectations for everyone. Also, in both stories, the main characters slowly start to question the values of their respective communities.
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    chrisharpe: Similar themes, We is a lot better written.
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    BookshelfMonstrosity: In these riveting, suspenseful and thought-provoking dystopian novels, 12-year-old boys learn from inspirational figures about the true nature of their repressive societies: Jonas, from the elderly Giver; Luke, from another hidden -- albeit, more privileged and knowledgeable -- "third child."… (more)
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    TheDivineOomba: Very Similar Plot
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Jonas lives with his family unit in a tightly ordered community that celebrates the milestones of childhood each year. This year, his younger sister is old enough to be given a bike and Jonas, at twelve, is old enough to be assigned the occupation he'll have for the rest of his working life. His friends are assigned to occupations that are expected and make them happy, while Jonas is given a job that no one could have suspected: a receiver of memories. Most of the community didn't even know this job existed.
Every afternoon, Jonas meets with the Giver of these memories, a very elderly and isolated man who holds the memories of many people, and who shows Jonas what cold, warmth, love and joy feel like. He sees color for the first time, something that had been breed out of his people when leaders decided everyone should be the same, without differences and talents that would lead to envy. The insights into what he and his people have been missing leads Jonas to take unheard of actions. ( )
  mstrust | Jan 9, 2022 |
Jonas is full of heart and sympathy. The deception is painful. Beautifully written, wish I had the other three. ( )
  MaryRachelSmith | Dec 18, 2021 |
Great book, important themes. Read it with my son and had some great convos. ( )
  emabbott | Dec 8, 2021 |
4.5 ⭐️

Just reread and still love it. It ends so abruptly and I forgot that part! But overall still realllyyy enjoyed it a lot. It was fun reading it and having the book come back to me from when I read it all those years ago. ( )
  bookiehannah | Dec 6, 2021 |
Distopia disfressada d'utopia. Una extraordinària novel·la suposadament juvenil que aconseguirà commoure els lectors de qualsevol edat.

La traducció de Jordi Garcia Jané és excel·lent. Usa formes (preposició composta per a davant infinitiu, combinacions pronominals com li'n, etc.) a les quals han renunciat els covards partidaris del català light. Trob que, per a ser una traducció extraordinària, tan sols li falta un detall: l'ús (ni que siga de tant en tant) del pretèrit perfet perifràstic. Garcia Jané no hauria d'haver caigut en el vavisme. ( )
  vturiserra | Nov 29, 2021 |
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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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Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

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When Jonas is given his Life Assignment as the Receiver of Memory, he discovers the terrible truth about the society he lives in.
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A black and white world

One boy holds the memories

Of colorful past


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