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The Giver by Lois Lowry
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Nov 29, 10

bookshelves: audio, children-s, science-fiction
Read in November, 2010

This is a wonderful dystopian novel warning against Sameness perhaps as a metaphor for totalitarianism. Although such warnings were less needed by the world in the era this book was written(90s), it was still effective. In order to be all the same, the people of the Community had to forget all about emotions and the experiences that hold emotions. These are all deposited in the mind of The Receiver, who the Community turns to for wisdom. The child-hero of the book, Jonas, is chosen to become the new Receiver. A very interesting aspect of this is that the world of the Community doesn't appear all that sterile at first. It seems like a safe, pleasant, well-ordered place, a utopia really, although with rigid rules. It is only gradually that we understand its true horror.
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