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The Giver by Lois Lowry Easy Reader And Very Enjoyable Book In a world with no poverty, no crime, no sickness and no unemployment, and where every family is happy, 12-year-old Jonas is chosen to be the communitys Receiver of Memories. Under the tutelage of the Elders and an old man known as the Giver, he discovers the disturbing truth about his utopian world and struggles against the weight of its hypocrisy. With echoes of Brave New World, in this 1994 Newbery Medal winner, Lowry examines the idea that people might freely choose to give up their humanity in order to create a more stable society. Gradually Jonas learn s just how costly this ordered and pain-free society can be, and boldly decides he cannot pay the price. I should probably premise this review by saying that I first read this amazing novel in the 7th grade (age 13). I say this because of the many 1- star reviews warning parents of the dangers of children reading this book. I have to agree with this on some levels, but probably not on the level as most of the reviewers. More on this later. The Giver is a very complex and enthralling novel about what life would be like if our society strived to exist as a perfect utopia-like community. Jonas, along with all his friends, have their careers chosen for them, the less intelligent children being forced into laborers or birthmothers. Jonas is decided by the elders to be a very special child, and is sent to study with an old man who can transfer memories of a distant life to him. Jonas must now carry the burden of these memories alone. The overall tone of the novel I found to be quite sorrowful. From The Givers own loss to the societys way of dealing with overpopulation, I found myself tearing up on occasion. The idea that no one, except perhaps for Jonas and the Giver, can experience love is just beyond horrible. However, there were many parts of the novel I found to be uplifting and just plain fun to read, such as the interaction between Jonas and his sister, Lilly. Bringing in my original statements about children reading this, I do feel that the novels true meaning might be a little out of reach for younger children. That would be my one reservation when recommending it. HOW EVER, I dont think denying this book to children simply because of the violent sections (it was what, one paragraph?) is doing anyone any good. If a child has the intellectual capacity to understand the books point, let them read it. I read it at the young age of 13 and have read it many, many times since. While I found the goings-on of the society quite shocking, I did not have nightmares and to be quite honest, I found myself remembering other parts of the book more than the parts that seem to be so controversial on here. My point is, this book is a classic. Every now and then, I find myself picking it up and reading it in the span of a few hours. Each and every time, I gain a new perspective on the characters and story. Its one that should not be missed. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: The Giver by Lois Lowry - 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!
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