- Series: Giver Quartet (Book 1)
- Paperback: 179 pages
- Publisher: Laurel-Leaf (September 10, 2002)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AHG3UYA
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8,946 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Giver is a wonderful book. Lois Lowry skillfully crafted an intriguing and profoundly thoughtful story. She subtly creates an uneasy feeling that something is wrong with this "perfect world." The Community's advisors intend to establish security within utopian society, but they really establish a stifling dystopia. To protect people from the risks of making poor or wrong decisions in life, the advisors plan and dictate the lives of the people. In effect, the citizens have no freedom of choice; they do not choose their job or even their spouse. Moreover, the advisors inhibit the people's ability to feel because they want to spare them from the hardships and pain of life. For instance, individuals must take a pill everyday, which suppresses passionate feelings. The citizens do not know or experience true emotions like love. One of the goals of the Community is to achieve "sameness" so that no one feels embarrassed or gets excluded for being different. However, this limits individuality and freedom of expression because everyone conforms to a certain desired image.Read more ›
The Receiver of Memory holds the position of highest honor within the Community, serving as the repository for the memories and knowledge of generations. Whenever the Committee of Elders are faced with a new situation, they are able to seek the counsel and advice of the Receiver. They have the benefit of experience without having to bear its pain.
Because of his intelligence, integrity, courage, wisdom, and Capacity to See Beyond, Jonas is selected to be the next Receiver of Memory. The current Receiver, who has held the position for decades, then becomes the Giver.
Ms. Lowry paints a vivid picture of this Community. Referring to everyday concepts in a slightly unusual way helps to set that society apart from our own. Babies younger than one year are called "newchildren," for example; children of the same age are "groupmates"; the elderly, the unhealthy, or those who have broken the rules three times may be "released."
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Most of my friends read this in middle school, and I regret it took me until I was an adult to experience it. The Giver is a short book by most standards, less than 200 pages. Read morePublished 1 hour ago by Amazon Customer
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Bought this for a summer reading list for my nephew. When he's done, I plan to read it as well. Overnight delivery was appreciated...for sure.Published 2 days ago by Ron
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