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The Giver

The Giver Twelve year old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community Newbery

  • Title: The Giver
  • Author: Lois Lowry
  • ISBN: 9780385732550
  • Page: 214
  • Format: Paperback
  • Twelve year old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community.1994 Newbery Medal winner Twelve year old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secretsTwelve year old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community.1994 Newbery Medal winner Twelve year old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community.

    The Giver Aug , Because of this, he meets a mentoring elder Receiver later called The Giver They look at memories of the past world, of joy, of pain, and of love As Jonas receives these memories, he breaks the cardinal rule against sharing them with others, thereby getting in trouble with the watchful Chief Elder. The Giver The Giver The Giver, by Lois Lowry Apr , The giver The Giver Quartet, , Lois Lowry The Giver is a American young adult dystopian novel by Lois Lowry It is set in a society which at first appears to be utopian but is revealed to be dystopian as the story progresses The novel follows a year old boy named Jonas The society has taken away pain and strife by converting to The Giver Giver Quartet The Giver serves as a cautionary tale to the human race, warning of what can become when we censor our very emotions and blot out all of the differences that make us unique individuals There was plenty of action and suspense along the way It was also a much emotional read than I had anticipated.

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    1. Lois Lowry says:
      Taken from Lowry s website I ve always felt that I was fortunate to have been born the middle child of three My older sister, Helen, was very much like our mother gentle, family oriented, eager to please Little brother Jon was the only boy and had interests that he shared with Dad together they were always working on electric trains and erector sets and later, when Jon was older, they always seemed to have their heads under the raised hood of a car That left me in between, and exactly where I wanted most to be on my own I was a solitary child who lived in the world of books and my own vivid imagination.Because my father was a career military officer an Army dentist I lived all over the world I was born in Hawaii, moved from there to New York, spent the years of World War II in my mother s hometown Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and from there went to Tokyo when I was eleven High school was back in New York City, but by the time I went to college Brown University in Rhode Island , my family was living in Washington, D.C.I married young I had just turned nineteen just finished my sopho year in college when I married a Naval officer and continued the odyssey that military life requires California Connecticut a daughter born there Florida a son South Carolina Finally Cambridge, Massachusetts, when my husband left the service and entered Harvard Law School another daughter another son and then to Maine by now with four children under the age of five in tow My children grew up in Maine So did I I returned to college at the University of Southern Maine, got my degree, went to graduate school, and finally began to write professionally, the thing I had dreamed of doing since those childhood years when I had endlessly scribbled stories and poems in notebooks.After my marriage ended in 1977, when I was forty, I settled into the life I have lived ever since Today I am back in Cambridge, Massachusetts, living and writing in a house dominated by a very shaggy Tibetan Terrier named Bandit For a change of scenery Martin and I spend time in Maine, where we have an old it was built in 1768 farmhouse on top of a hill In Maine I garden, feed birds, entertain friends, and readMy books have varied in content and style Yet it seems that all of them deal, essentially, with the same general theme the importance of human connections A Summer to Die, my first book, was a highly fictionalized retelling of the early death of my sister, and of the effect of such a loss on a family Number the Stars, set in a different culture and era, tells the same story that of the role that we humans play in the lives of our fellow beings.The Giver and Gathering Blue, and the newest in the trilogy Messenger take place against the background of very different cultures and times Though all three are broader in scope than my earlier books, they nonetheless speak to the same concern the vital need of people to be aware of their interdependence, not only with each other, but with the world and its environment.My older son was a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force His death in the cockpit of a warplane tore away a piece of my world But it left me, too, with a wish to honor him by joining the many others trying to find a way to end conflict on this very fragile earth.I am a grandmother now For my own grandchildren and for all those of their generation I try, through writing, to convey my passionate awareness that we live intertwined on this planet and that our future depends upon our caring , and doing , for one another.

    Comment 1000 on “The Giver

    1. J.G. Keely says:
      Lowry s book is a piece of nationalist propaganda, using oversimplification, emotional appeals, and dualistic morality to shut down her readers minds More troubling is that it is aimed at children, who don t yet have the critical faculties to defend themselves from such underhanded methods.Unsurprisingly, Lowry adopts the structure of the monomyth, equating a spiritual journey with a moral one Her Christ figure uses literal magic powers to rebel against his society This rebellion and the moralit [...]

    2. Kristine says:
      I ve taught this book to my 6th graders nine years in a row Once I realized that the book is actually a mystery, and not the bland sci fi adventure it seemed at first skim, I loved it and each time Nine years, two classes most years 17 TIMES I ve come to see that the book isn t the story of a depressing utopia It s the story of the relationship between the main characters the Giver, Jonas, and I won t say her name And of course, the baby Gabe.Every year, as we read the book out loud together, [...]

    3. James Carroll says:
      This book is perhaps the best refutation that I have seen in some time of a common philosophy of pain that is sometimes found in the popular media and in some versions of Buddhism According to this philosophy, pain is the ultimate evil, and so, to eliminate pain and suffering we must give up desire, and individuality Self is an illusion, and leads to pain desire and agency are dangerous, so we should give them up and join the cosmic oneness enlightenment to find a utopia without pain As George L [...]

    4. Julie says:
      I think I m missing something Everyone loves this book and I liked it too, but it wasn t amazing or anything.The Giver felt like a very sparse story to me First, there isn t much characterization, so I didn t form an emotional connection with any of the characters not even with Jonas or the Giver two central characters Asher and Fiona particularly Fiona are introduced such that you assume they will play greater roles in the book than they do I don t feel like I knew Mom or Dad or Lily at all Whi [...]

    5. Matt says:
      If there are no wrong answers, can we really say that something has any meaning It is very easy to start an interesting science fiction story Simply begin with a mystery Don t explain things to the reader and leave them in a state of wonder In this way, everything will seem interesting, intriguing, and worth exploring Tap into the reader s powers of imagination and allow them to make your story interesting in ways you need not imagine, and perhaps cannot create This is a good plan for starting a [...]

    6. LolaReviewer says:
      Woah, I can easily understand why such a grand amount of people loved this book and definitely see why many were not satisfied with the movie I cannot believe how many elements of this story they changed However, there is something that I must admit I preferred the movie because of how melancholic and hopeful it made me feel and for the suspense inside it that the book irrevocably lacked It is not something that I hear myself say often at all I have always been that little full of criticism girl [...]

    7. Jj873 says:
      Upon finishing this book, not 20 minutes ago, I m left with several thoughts 1 This book should be required reading for everyone with the emotional maturity to handle it I believe that blindly labeling The Giver as a children s book is neither realistic nor necessarily wise, in some instances Parents would be well advised to thoroughly screen it before offering it to an emotionally sensitive child to read 2 Very few things leave me mentally stuttering as I struggle to put my thoughts into words, [...]

    8. Jeffrey Keeten says:
      SPOILER ALERT I don t know what you mean when you say the whole world or generations before him I thought there was only us I thought there was only now Read the book, watch the movie, experience the synergy We don t live in a dystopian world, but we do have a growing number of our population who believe that all that exists is NOW, that history is irrelevant, and that there is no future It simplifies existence when a person can convince themselves of this No need to learn about the past, no nee [...]

    9. Candace says:
      Yesterday, I took a road trip with my two daughters to get pick up my 88 year old grandmother, who will be staying with us through the holiday season At 5 and 9 years old, my usual audiobook choices were clearly not an option So, I found myself listening to some books that definitely are not my usual type, yet again With over 4 1 2 hours in the car each way, we were able to finish 2 audiobooks from start to finish By pure coincidence, they both ended up being authored by Lois Lowry I have never [...]

    10. Nataliya says:
      After a re read, I can no longer think of The Giver as simply a childish sci fi tale with heavy moralistic leanings What I see now is a story about growing up and confronting the world outside of the safe haven of childhood.Well, yes, of course, it IS a dystopian tale about a young boy growing up in the commune of sameness that is devoid of colors or intense feelings or individuality and the said boy has an unusual ability to experience what the others are missing out on, and he selflessly sets [...]

    11. Etnik says:
      4.5 HOLY STARS I don t remember reading a book as fast as I read this one.It was a great read.I couldn t put the book down for hours.And I must say is different from other books that I have read so this review actually is going to be somehow different from others.So let s start.I enjoyed the beginning , maybe because it looked like dystopian kind of book and as you may know I love dystopian books.Also the colorless nature and emotionless were things that made me to continue read the book.This is [...]

    12. Mohammed Arabey says:
      YA Dystopia 1992 15 Hunger Games, Divergent, City of Amber view spoiler hide spoiler The Hunger GamesDivergent view spoiler 6 A Brave New World hide spoiler 9 2014 15 2014 br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br [...]

    13. Joyzi says:
      My Reaction After Reading This 2 starsWhoa Why Really SO FIRST OFF I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT I REALLY REALLY REALLY WANTED TO LIKE THIS BOOK SINCE MANY HUMAN BEINGS READ AND LOVE THIS BOOK AND MANY HAVE CONSIDERED THIS AS ONE OF THEIR FAVORITE BOOKS OF ALL TIME AND BEFORE I POSTED MY RATING I BROWSE THE RATINGS OF OTHER GR MEMBERS SO THAT I KNOW THAT I M NOT THE ONLY ABNORMAL HUMAN BEING WHO DOESN T THINK THAT THIS BOOK IS GOOD OR GREAT OR WHATEVER coughs sorry I forgot to turn off the CAPSLOCK, [...]

    14. mark monday says:
      ATTENTION CITIZENS OUR BROTHER COMMUNITY OF SAMENESS HAS FALLEN DOUBLEPLUS UNGOOD BUT DO NOT FEAR OUR REVOLUTIONARY RHETORIC AND UTOPIC IDEALS REMAIN SACROSANCT IN OUR BROTHER COMMUNITIES OF OCEANIA, ANIMAL FARM, PANEM, THX 1138 VILLE, AND FAHRENHEIT 451 TOWNSHIP AND SPREADING FURTHER DOUBLEPLUS GOOD brief synopsis at some point far in the future, an 11 year old boy named Jonas comes of age in an unnamed utopic community coming of age means he is given his life s work in Jonas case, he is chosen [...]

    15. Stacey says:
      How have I missed out on this book for so many years The premise of living a life without agency is something to think about I can t tell you how often I have wished prayed for a world filled with only peace and happiness, where no one feels pain, hunger or sadness This book made me seriously rethink that wish and realize once and for all that without feeling the depths of sadness, we can never know happiness What an amazing story

    16. Victoria Hansen says:
      Things could change, Gabe, Jonas went on Things could be different I don t know how, but there must be some way for things to be different There could be colors And grandparents, he added, staring through the dimness toward the ceiling of his sleepingroom And everybody would have the memories You know the memories, he whispered, turning toward the crib.Garbriel s breathing was even and deep Jonas liked having him there, though he felt guilty about the secret Each night he gave memories to Gabrie [...]

    17. Emily May says:
      Reread just in time for the new movie I ve been meaning to come back to The Giver and write a better review for some time now and the soon to be released movie seemed like as good an excuse as any My rating remains the same even though it s been several years and many badly written YA dystopias since I last picked this up I still think it s a good book, with an interesting concept and sophisticated writing but I was never 100% sold.For one thing, the protagonist and narrator has just turned twel [...]

    18. Lisa says:
      What does release mean in The Giver , my daughter asked me this morning, when she had just started reading the novel on a strong recommendation from myself and both her older brothers I can t tell you that, it will spoil the reading experience I answered What do you think of the book so far Well, the community has many rules Is that good or bad, do you think I don t know, some rules are good, but some seem a bit too much Like not being allowed to choose your profession We went on to talk about r [...]

    19. Khadidja says:
      I Loved it, I remember reading it on the beach D, Major worldbuilding, a chilling and exciting story line, a very interesting dystopian novel In this book everyone is identical, choices are very limited Every aspect of life is controlled and decided by elders of the community, everyone is content simply because they don t know any different, but Jonas the hero is different, he sees things no one else can see Jonas s world is perfect Everything is under control There is no war or fear or pain The [...]

    20. Fabian says:
      Thoroughly impressed by The Giver, a two decade old gem in a genre that basically always leaves me wanting No, this is concise has all the basic elements of a dystopian horror tale The sketchy subjects of individuality and color in that pleasant Pleasantville way and community are handled incredibly well yes, Hunger Games is a rip off of this Shirley Jackson s The Lottery and William Golding s Lord of the Flies the subject of infanticide just gives this classic YA the push requisite to make it [...]

    21. Matthew says:
      At one point I wrote a review for this book That review was very well written and could have won awards Sadly, when I went to submit it was one of the times that the server crashed and the review was lost for the ages only I will ever remember how truly great that review was On to a new review that will be much shorter and definitely inferior to the original.This is one of the granddaddies of the YA dystopian genre Without this book we may not have The Hunger Games, Divergent, Maze Runner, etc. [...]

    22. Kai says:
      The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain It s the loneliness of it Memories need to be shared This book is a fuss.Yes I like the concept and yes what Jonas is going to find out about the world he lives in is very shocking.But why, with all the stuff going on, isn t it thrilling in any kind of way Why didn t I feel anything while reading it To be honest, for me this was like Divergent without the suspense and the fun It s your typical, clich dystopian book, minus everything that mak [...]

    23. Jeanette"Astute Crabbist" says:
      I was a little creeped out when I first started reading this story In fact, I almost didn t continue It seemed like some kind of freaky propaganda for a fundamentalist society where everyone obeys without question and acts all fake nicey nice and pretends everything is fine when it s not I kept reading just to find out why the book is so popular I really liked it once I found out what was going on It s the opposite of what I thought at first Conformity and uniformity are traps that rob us of lif [...]

    24. Riku Sayuj says:
      Plato sans PhilosophyI liked the set up and the basic concept, but just basing it on Plato s Republic does not make something deeply philosophical Initially it was fun to trace various elements to Plato and see what Lowry has done with them in her community, but soon it became clear that the book is based on a very dumbed down version of the Theory of Forms and by applying it to memory thus making memory inhabit come form the mysterious ill defined place the Forms were supposed to That is not an [...]

    25. P says:
      The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain It s the loneliness of it Memories need to be shared If I read The Giver before The Hunger Games or Divergent, this book would be the best of this genre I decided to read the book after watching the movie, which is not much clarified But I liked how ingenious the movie was, it dragged me too very simple things, such as opportunities, lives and rules of the society I felt the power from its narration alone, it hit me straightly and made me re [...]

    26. karen says:
      snif this books marks the end of dystopian month it s okay, it was getting a little bleak in here i m not sure if this counts as dystopian, because it reads like a teen cult novel with magic we never really find out what is happening in The World Outside this could all take place in some small gated community like that one in disney which is totally creepy in its forced perfection i absolutely support lowry s apparent stance on the twin agenda but the rest of it seems underthought out even if y [...]

    27. Emily (Books with Emily Fox) says:
      3.5 Not really surprising but turns out this is enjoyable when you actually understand English

    28. Mario says:
      The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain It s the loneliness of it Memories need to be shared.Wow just wow I m really ashamed that I haven t picked up this book sooner I went on a vacation today, and I spent than 10 hours in the bus, so I brought few short books to kill the time and this book was one of them If it wasn t for this trip, who knows when I would pick it up.I devoured every single page of this book so fast, and in the end I was left wanting But I do have to say that I [...]

    29. Tatiana says:
      As every Newbery Medal winner, The Giver is a very well written children s book Its deceptively simplistic language reveals a rather horrifying dystopian world This is a world where people are not given freedom to decide anything for themselves their spouses, children, careers, future, even clothes or haircuts are all pre planned and pre selected for them They are not allowed to even own their feelings and dreams Their sexuality is suppressed Of course, it is done for common good to preserve pea [...]

    30. Madeline says:
      This is the part where I m supposed to go, Ooh, this book is such a terrifying wake up call to the dark side of our views of Paradise, and even though we wish death and pain weren t a part of our lives, they re necessary because without them we would be ignorant and lost, and blah blah blah So Ooh, this book is such a terrifying wake up call to the dark side of our views of Paradise, and even though we wish death and pain weren t a part of our lives, they re necessary because without them we wou [...]

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