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Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Giver by Lois Lowry

BLURBS:
***FOR LAURIE, here girl, I am placing this review up front so you don't have to look for it. LAZY butt.

where I got my copy: Barnes & Noble

In the story of a seemingly utopian city in a futuristic world, Jonas is singled out to receive special training from The Giver--who alone holds memories of pain and pleasure in life.

THOUGHTS:
Imagine a world with no hunger, poverty, malice, competition, hatred or war. Then imagine that world with no recollection of the past, no colors, no snow, no mountains, no sunshine, and more. Sameness. Complete order. That is how one would describe Jonas' world. Proves to say that there is no such thing as a perfect world...

Everything and anything that you do are dictated by a council called the Elders. There are rules even for the puny little things. You cannot ask questions that will make it awkward for the other person, you have to use specific phrases for everything, you cannot ride a bike until you turn nine, you are not to lie, cheat or get jealous. One must take a pill when you reach the time of stirring or wet dreams to suppress the urges. You have a biological mother yet you will never meet her and she will never meet you. Cruel? No because in Jonas' community, they are called Birth mother, it is their job. A world where in you get released when you get old or if a newborn did not meet the community's standard for being healthy. A world where you are given a career at the age of twelve, a career that will be your until you grow old.

I would have a really strong feeling of dislike for the people living inside Jonas' community if not for their innocence? ignorance? I cannot really describe how I feel, I was so conflicted. The plot was set further into the future where in only one person have the memories of the past and he is called the Giver, Jonas was chosen to carry these memories and is now called the Receiver. It is an eerier version of Pleasantville and a world with a lot of red flags for human rights violation and a community that would sure get swamped with activists of all sorts.I LOVE IT. The strangeness, the obscurity, even if their rules were so infuriating. It is a fascinating read. Definitely a classic. Something that you'll read more than once.

I read it slow and asked many people if they have read it or not. If they haven't, I tell them the story or bore them to death depending on who I talked to. Say example my husband. At the end he told me that it is only a book that I should calm down. LOL. He does not get it. He thinks dissecting a book is silly nor the contents shouldn't be given thoughts. This is why I love the bookish community.
They do not think that I am some weirdo who keeps yapping about books.

4 comments:

The Book Vixen said...

I read this book, based on a customer's recommendation, about 8 years ago. I don't remember much about it except that it was a short read and it was a bit weird. LOL I think I need to re-read this one.

Cozy in Texas said...

This sounds like it might be a good book club read with lots of discussion.
Ann

Kristi The Book Faery said...

I read this a while ago and it was strange. I was surprised to see that NetGalley brought it out for reviews.
You did a fab review on it, Pat and I will definitely re-read this, actually, I have this from NetGalley (just checked my Kindle :o] )

I just signed in as a new follower to your site and I'd love for you to come by and visit me! I'm Krist The Book Faery @ www.thebookfaery.com
I'm on GoodReads and you sent me a recommendation for Nalini Singh who I love, especially her Guild Hunter series. Thanks for that. We're not friends on GR, so I'm going to send through a friend request!
Talk to you soon!
Kristi

Eesti said...

This book,as distrubing as it was, was an excellent sci-fi book that, though odd, makes us all see that there is not, on the Earth we know, a place where everything is perfect as we can not know true happines or pleasure without first expiriancing pain and suffering. Jonas makes me think more, though this is a reach, more about the freedom of choice, for in the Community, there is none. The book striked as a powerful reminder that there is not a better world than that the one we live in, for there would be no happieness if it were the same as the Community, and no feelings. Without feelings, we are not human, and the people in this book scared me that some day there really may be a place that comes around here or in some other life where there are no feelings, color, or, most importantly, love.

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