NEW REVIEW: I changed my opinion and gave it 1 star from what I gave initially. I am appalled that so many people gave it high marks - it resembles me...moreNEW REVIEW: I changed my opinion and gave it 1 star from what I gave initially. I am appalled that so many people gave it high marks - it resembles me of the sameness Louis was talking about. I'll try to make my new thoughts shorter than Kelly's review:
Release in another community as it started is OK however interpreted as euthanasia is not OK for small children even to be exposed to the concept. I agree with the fact there is an escape to in becoming more close to nature but the author does not take a position on it.
Second, for a young child I think learning is the most important think, and for children to learn how to kill elders is definitely at least not pedagogical.
Sorry, I don't have the precision of language ;-)
OLD REVIEW: Great thriller. Very powerful. Well worth it of it's american medal. I even had a nightmare from it. As the latest YouTube sensation said a little drama is good for a small town however it is debatebale if scary books are for children. It started innocently by describing an Utopian society, then you discover the 12 year old ceremony, the beyond normal, somewhat quantic perception abilities of Jonas the main character that made him the receiver, the sameness, the precision of language, the giver, the and the release procedure - a synonym of euthanasia. Toward the end it was black like it's cover by the fact that it had elements that could be real. I found Harry Potter more positive in message. Finally, I am not sure that I did a good thing giving it as a gift to a 12 year old who can project and identify with situations from the book. I did that before reading the book. Anyway I enjoyed it and I hope my little friend will too specially since I heard she likes scary stories.(less)
It was like a Western. It has the nice visual Indian symbol on the cover mixed up with a brief newspaper like summary such that you get the main topic...moreIt was like a Western. It has the nice visual Indian symbol on the cover mixed up with a brief newspaper like summary such that you get the main topics without even opening it. A colophon explaining the Indian mesh symbol significance would have been nice, but I think you can get it by asking any staff at souvenir stores in North America. Another american touch: it had the same design as an Oldsmobile where the name of the brand (author) is only on the back cover, maybe because Young - how was spelled by a young Chapters bookstore staff intellectually beautiful otherwise - had to take central stage to better sell the book. Inside the repeated readings were done for yourself by presenting the time constrained reader short summaries of Jung work, expanded later such that you can better retain the information so actually you pay for less new content per page ;-). Presented both Jung's biography and main ideas in the same short volume. I wander what was left out since as according to the book it took Jung 20 volumes to crystallize his thoughts. I would have added a section with how relevant is Jung work and how many of his ideas survived in modern psyche science since I heard from a very good professional source that his methods are more en vogue in New York than mainstream. I think as it is structured it would be a good book for children who want to learn how to read a book. Don't know if Jung is good for children although he had many. (less)