The Giver (The Giver #1)
An ALA Notable Children's Book
An ALA Best Book for Young AdultsIt was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened. Thus opens this haunting novel in which a boy inhabits a seemingly ideal world: a world without conflict, poverty, unemployment, divorce, injustice, or inequality. December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each ...more
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I thought the movie wasn't as good as the book. Although the visuals were great, the movie didn't…moreThe magic gets lost in translation. － Richard Roeper
I thought the movie wasn't as good as the book. Although the visuals were great, the movie didn't go as deep as the book's thought-provoking ideas. I was also disappointed that there were many changes made in the movie.(less)
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 mor ...more
Every year, as we read the book ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
“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 lea ...more
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 n ...more
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...more
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...more
وماذا لو كانت هناك مساواة كاملة مطلقة؟
لا أختلاف أديان، ولا لون بشرة مختلف عن الأخر..بل لا ألوان علي الإطلاق
نعم..قد يكون هناك عدل مطلق، مجتمع منظم يسير كالساعة
لا يمكنك مخالفة القانون اكثر من مرة وإلا فسيتم اخراجك من ذلك المجتمع
يختار لك منذ صغرك المجال الذي ستدرب فيه..ثم يجد لك عملا يناسبك
يختار لكل فرد زوجه او زوجته طبقا لنظام مراقبة يناسبا بعضهما
ثم نختار لكما ابن واحد وابنة واحدة يناسبكما
فالزواج ليس كاملا بعواطف وعلاقة كما تظن
هذه هي اسرتك..هذا هو عم ...more
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, h ...more
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 CAPS ...more
"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 mem ...more
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 turn ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
Plato sans Philosophy
I 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 ...more
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, cliché dystopian book, minus everything ...more
“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 ...more
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 more 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 more. But I do h ...more
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 w ...more
I listened to the audio, narrated by Ron Rifkin, who has a slight New York accent. It took me a bit to get into his narration, but I ended up coming to the conclusion that he did an awesome job. I am not sure whether I would have rated this five stars if I had read it. Four stars for sure, but listening to this story kicked it up a notch for me, I think.
The story is told in a simple way, yet so poignant and emotional. I cried, I raged, I smiled. I was immensely touched. Thank God ...more
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"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 ...more