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Giver (Essential Modern Classics) Paperback – 1 Jul 2008
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"The Giver, a powerful and provocative novel, is sure to keep older children reading and thinking." New York Times
“Lowry is once again in top form – raising many questions while answering few, and unwinding a tale fit for the most adventurous readers."
It's a perfect world, where everything looks right. But ugly truths lie beneath the surface! It is the future. There is no war, no hunger, no pain. No one in The Community wants for anything. Everyone is provided for. Each Family Unit is entitled to one female and male child. Each member of The Community has their profession carefully chosen for them by the Committee of Elders, and they never make a mistake. Jonas, a sensitive twelve-year-old boy, had never thought there was anything wrong with his Community, until one day. From the moment Jonas is selected as the Receiver of Memory at The Ceremony, his life is never the same. Jonas discovers that The Community is not as perfect as it seems. Although they appear to have everything, they are missing something of great importance. It is up to Jonas, with the help of the Giver, to find what long ago had been lost. And so Jonas embarks on an adventure to save the world as he knows it. Simply and beautifully written, The Giver is sure to touch the heart of every reader. Lois Lowry deals with issues of everyday life that are so often taken for granted.Through the noble character of Jonas, she presents a glimpse of what could be the future.As the tension in the novel mounts, so does the number of questions that Lowry confronts the reader with. The Giver is a book of courage and adventure, and most importantly, one of deep thought. Once readers make contact with Lowry's treasure, they may never see things exactly quite the same. Lowry presents a forceful novel that demands to be heard and philosophically dealt with. See all Product description
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The community regulates its population with systematic “Release” of their elderly and genetically weak “Newchilds” to “Elsewhere”. What’s probably most eerie is the lack of deep emotions, the tightly-reined speech and language, and appropriate behaviour expected of everyone in fulfilling their roles apparently cheerfully and without contest or discontentment. Jonas begins to question this reality and sets himself apart when he is assigned a specific role to play that would tear his whole world apart.
It is to Lowry’s credit that she creates this preternaturally-perfect little community in a simple manner, which would not be difficult for a child to imagine and process, and yet arouse uneasy feelings that forces the reader to confront established values and ways of living that he may have taken for granted without question. As a speculative novel, it is highly disturbing for the way it is entirely believable as a possible future.
As we learn more and more about the society in which Jonas lives it because increasingly dark and troubling more and more of a dystopia rather than a utopia.
As this is a book for young adults the language is simple and the book itself is reactively short. This does not mean that the book itself is either simply of lightweight. It ask profound question about our own society and indeed all societies. I would highly recommend it to any Young adult, maybe over the age of thirteen as some of the ideas raised I would also say that any adult reader would probably find lots in it to make them think. And it is certainly an engaging read.
I found Jonas' voice utterly realistic though out that the subtle way in which he starts to see the word differently is beautifully conveyed.
It's a lovely book, Matty, who we met in Gathering Blue, is now a teenager, and such a great character, he has matured and is just a very nice young man. He lives with Kira's father, who we met in the last book as well. This follows on from the end of the last book, and is the story of what's happening in Village, which yet another community co existing with the previous two.
I found it a compelling and heartbreaking story, every bit as worth reading as the two before it.
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