Why couldn't I have read this when I was younger? Okay, I'm still young, but it would have been interesting to see what I have thought about this book...moreWhy couldn't I have read this when I was younger? Okay, I'm still young, but it would have been interesting to see what I have thought about this book when I was a wee little kid as opposed to reading it and understanding the larger themes as an adult. When I read this book, I imagined a colorless world where people spoke in monotonous voices and thought of how boring that would have been, and yet, everyone without feelings seem to be content with their lives. But how can they be when they can't experience positive or negative feelings? I used to think that without negative emotions, one cannot appreciate positive emotions, but in this dystopian world, no one besides the Giver and the Receiver experiences or understands either emotions because they are merely not allowed to. I still can't comprehend how each Receiver, given that they are 12 years old when they take the task, has the ability to carry the burden of all of the past memories and emotions without going crazy, especially since each of them had been growing up in a monotonous society for twelve years. One would think it would be fairly common for each new chosen Receiver to ask for a "Release" when, from my understanding, that has only happened once before. There were just a few strange particulars like that that made me question how likely a society like this could exist, but all and all, this was a quick, entertaining read that I appreciate because I didn't merely just read the book and throw it out, but it gave me something to think about. Any book that can do that is worth reading.(less)
I started this book thinking I would finish it in a day or two days tops because it's relatively short, and I've already read plenty of 200-400 page b...moreI started this book thinking I would finish it in a day or two days tops because it's relatively short, and I've already read plenty of 200-400 page books in one to two days before, but this book was actually painfully slow to get through. I actually thought I read this book before in high school, but I believe I only saw the film because the writing just didn't seem familiar. Even though I gave this book a low score, I do understand why teachers make students read this book in high school and middle schools. The themes in this book are very conspicuous. It would be easy for students to identify Golding's messages: the defects of human nature are the reasons for the defects in society; humans will always create their own circle that excludes the "others"; when humans attack in a group, they think their actions are justifiable, etc. The fact that these themes are so easy to point out allows grade school students to identify them without breaking much of a sweat, and I think that's good because I remember being in high school and not being able to identify the bigger implications in the readings.
My issue is too many people applaud the Lord of the Flies as a phenomenal work that must be read by all that they forget not all of the book is as great as they say. In fact, I have never had issues with an author's writing style until I read this book. While I was reading, the writing style felt too choppy; I feel like it didn't flow very well. Many times I had to go back and reread a sentence because it didn't sound right to me. Otherwise, I would say this is a great book and worthy of being one of my favorites, but unfortunately, it's not. Fortunately, the excitement in the end of the book saved me from giving this book only one star. I would actually give it 2.5 stars if this site would allow me to. Anyway, I would say Golding has a brilliant idea, but his execution is poor.(less)
I'm not sure what to say except I hope Vonnegut is another Orwell in that he can predict the future. Otherwise, I do enjoy Vonnegut's writing style, e...moreI'm not sure what to say except I hope Vonnegut is another Orwell in that he can predict the future. Otherwise, I do enjoy Vonnegut's writing style, especially in this short story. (less)