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The Giver by Lois Lowry
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Jul 23, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011, audiobooks

This is another title you've probably heard about. To my adult friends who won't touch children's books: The only difference between a typical adult novel and this novel is the absence of language, sex and the degree of violence. Then when you consider the premise of this novel: a sanitized, purified ultra-controlled future (not clear if it's our planet or similar one), then these elements will not be missed. The Giver is the old man who, alone, keeps all the memories of how things used to be...ALL the pleasures and the pains. The Receiver is Jonas, a 12-year old boy, who is chosen to be the next keeper of memories and, one memory at a time, learns the harsh truth of what it means to have a lack of freedom and the harsher and harsher truths of his supposed utopia...and the worst being that nobody will understand what he's going through, so there is nobody with which he can share his troubles. Heartbreaking, thrilling and even a "non-Hollywood" ambiguous ending make this a classic. If you are old enough to legally have a Facebook account, this is a must-read!

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