Giver, the (Readers Circle (Paperback)) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Nov 2002
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About the Author
Lois Lowry is a multi-award-winning author who has written many popular books. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the author of the popular Anastasia Krupnik books and was the recipient of the Newbery Medal forNumber the Stars and for The Giver.
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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.
This is a wonderful story that hits at the core of what being human means. For me it was a story so strong at the age of 13 that I still remember almost every bit of it. There are few tales that powerful.