I did not read this book, but when I was talking to my mother about the movie "The Village" she immediately thought of this book that she read with my brother when he was in middle school. Does anyone else find similarities? Should I read the book?
I've read the book but have not seen the movie, "The Village." I also thought immediately of this book when I saw commercials for "The Village." Not having seen the movie, I can't really compare the two, but I can answer your question, "Should I read the book," with a resounding yes. It's not lengthy, it does leave you with an incomplete feeling at the end, but the questions and paths it helps you to explore put this book in my personal category of "Books Everyone Should Read." I read this book years and years ago in school and still think about it to this day.
I *did* see the movie, "Pleasantville," and while the settings and characters are very different, and while I enjoyed "Pleasantville" as a film in its own right, it seemed to me that whoever wrote that movie took the plot of "The Giver" right from the book without credit...a fine line of difference, imho.
Having read this book (seven times) and only seen the movie once, I can add my YES! I felt the similarity but felt the book does a better job of painting the picture, whereas the movie has the "horror" aspect to it.
Actually, the plot of "The Village" is much more similar to the follow-up to "The Giver" entitled "Gathering Blue". In fact, it has the same very important, central plot point involving creatures in the woods (and what they are or are not).
"The Giver" is a great book that I really loved reading over and over as a kid (and now as an adult) so you should definitely read it if you're curious.
That's funny - I read The Giver and then hunted up other books by Lowry (I didn't at first realize she had written Number the Stars, which I had already read), and found the Messenger. It really reminded me of The Village where The Giver didn't as much.
greetings, yes, i was thinking of the Village when he made his escape from the Community. I envisioned Jonas riding his bicycle to a containment wall and finding 'normalcy'. I thought this is where M. Night got his idea for The Village.