- 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 (8,903 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,743 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."
Why might parents or teachers consider THE GIVER inappropriate for their children?Read more ›
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I liked this first book although I was a bit put off at the beginning. It grew on me.Published 9 hours ago by Caeli's mom
I really enjoyed reading this book. The Giver really made me so thankful to have choices and differences. How boring it would be the same as everyone in your neighborhood. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is nice. I read this book with my 6th grade class and really liked it. Recommended for those who like a good easy read, and distopian book lovers. Its a great read!Published 4 days ago by MockingjayGirl04
Love this book. It still comes to mind frequently after I read it 15 years ago.Published 4 days ago by Jason Melo Hall
My GRANDson needed to read this as summer reading for his 8th grade Advanced Placement English class.Published 5 days ago by Smart Shopper
I thought The Giver was interesting, and easy to read. I would have felt more satisfied to know more about what happened after the end.Published 6 days ago by William Overturf