The Giver is a American young adult dystopian novel by Lois Lowry. It is set in a society . In , at the National Book Festival, the author Lois Lowry joked during a Q&A, "Jonas is alive, by the way. You don't need to ask that question.". The Giver book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he. Lois Lowry is a multi-award-winning author who has written many popular books. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the author of the popular.
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The Giver has recently been made into a film, and so, with the suggestion of one of my bookish friends, I picked the book up to see what the. In the ``ideal'' world into which Jonas was born, everybody has sensibly agreed that well-matched married couples will raise exactly two offspring, one boy and. The Giver by Lois Lowry, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.
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Parents should be aware that there are some issues dealing with intimate attraction and starting the process of physical maturation in adolescents. Also, be aware that there are exterminations of members that are not congruent within the societies including infants.
I wouldn't recommend this be read by children younger than For the price I was expecting a soft cover set of books.
However, they are all extremely nice and hardcover bound, good color, and shrink wrapped in plastic. I was glad I could get the entire set in hard cover for such a great price! Many people have been bored to tears by it, apparently, but to an embroiderer such as myself, I adore it. Love a good map. Also, the books, while connected and deeply entwined with one another, can also be read as standalone novels.
Though they are better together. So will you. But you will find that is not the same as power. Dystopian teen fiction is pretty hot right now, with blockbusters like "The Hunger Games" and "Divergent. The four books are loosely tied together -- the first and last most tightly -- and mingle fantasy and science fiction, with haunting prose and some very strong characters, as well as a message of compassion and acceptance.
In "The Giver," Jonas lives in a rigid, joyless community where people use emotion-deprivation pills and adhere to insanely strict rules -- they have no conflict, poverty or discrimination So, I wish I had a chance to redo that. But oddly enough that reminds me of another place, and this is in the fourth book. The girl, Claire, is in a place where the birth mothers live. And in writing about that, I thought, this is going to be so boring.
They're in this building. What do they do? There's no books, there's no music But you opened it up with the mask! Sort of like Hannibal Lechter. What's the experience been like to have had such a frequently challenged book? I do not remember the first time that it happened but it must have surprised me.
Except that, going back further—Anastasia Krupnik had been challenged, specifically for one thing, it has the word shit in it. If it had been 10 years later the editor would have told me not to put that in, it would have been easy not to, but it was published in '79, it was written in ' Somehow things were a little more relaxed then.
We had a Democratic president, Jimmy Carter, and after him when the government became more conservative, that's when the challenges and censorship started. That book was challenged more than once and removed from the hands of children.
So I was not new to challenges and censorship, but of course it took a whole different form with The Giver, and it continues to this day. I've never really sorted out in my mind why it's challenged so often.
Those who object hold up two different scenes. One is, reference to "the stirrings," which seems to be, so, well, it's something any kid that age is familiar with and has been taught about in school, but also it's alluded to so vaguely, it's hardly explicitly sexual.
The second, and it is explicit, is when the father kills the baby, and that's been referred to as euthanasia. Certainly the book doesn't promote euthanasia, but that charge has been brought.
And that's often from someone who hasn't read the book thoroughly and doesn't see why I included this. I have a feeling that those two incidents are not the real reason, but they're something that people grasp onto. I think it's a book that makes some perhaps very conservative parents uncomfortable because it's a book challenging the authority set down by the government, the parents, the older people.
It's a boy seeing the hypocrisy of the older generation and breaking the rules to combat it. No one's come out and said it, but that's the only thing I've figured out in my mind that can bring out that kind of unease. What sort of cross-over audience, adults coming to you and saying they read The Giver as a kid and again as adults, have you seen?
A lot of people have written or told me that they read it as a child, and it's been around 20 years, so now they're A woman came up last night and said she re-reads The Giver every year.
It's interesting how story-telling factors into the books, and the idea of art sometimes even as imprisonment. I felt like I was focusing in Gathering Blue on the role of an artist in society, and that was 12 years ago, probably a time when funding for the arts was being withdrawn and the role of the artist was precarious, as it still is.
For a kid audience, of course, kids aren't going to get that, nor do they need to, they read for the story. Do you feel the four books function together as more of a whole than you where aware of while you were writing them? It's too soon for me to know that; I haven't talked about them as a whole yet.
The thread common to them all is the child or the young person with a power. It was interesting to dream up what the power of the boy in the fourth book would be. In this Sunday's New York Times there will be an article where [Dan Kois] discusses this; I think it's the most important power that they all have, so maybe it's a good one to close with.
Do you have a favorite book of all time? What about a favorite that you've written?
I don't have a favorite book of all time that I've read, I don't think. My favorites come and go. There's merit either way. But if you knew, you'd have closure, and the lack of that is what keeps messing with me. I can't stop thinking about it. The fact that there's no closure brings you back over and over again.
There are also so many things there, so much more there than just the ending.
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You know that releasing someone, even before you know it's putting them to death, that it can't be good. And the idea of Elsewhere as "heaven" or some other place I wonder also, his mother is a lawmaker and a judge, a justice of some ilk. The fact that their father has a little more humor about things makes it feel like you're in a safer place, that softens it. Then to find out that he's the one killing these kids!
When Jonas sees his father do this and the dad is so cheerful about it She makes much of the voice he uses, for Gabe, for Lily [Jonas' 7-year-old sister], and that's really creepy. But that's the ultimate sucess of the place, there's no distinction for these guys in those matters [of life and death]. The second that you start saying someone's going to be "released"—they talk about sending off the old dude, and it's clearly a funeral with the guy present.
I think that was ominous from the use of the word release. Also, the pills they have to take, and the idea of the Birth Mothers felt ominous from the beginning. The terrible sadness of the Giver, and the discussion of the girl, when he's talking about Rosemary [the previous Receiver] who asked to do her lethal injection "release" shot hersef, knowing full well exactly what she was doing.
And the bravery of that! The weight of that memory and that sadness. I was so suspicious of when Jonas left because it seemed so easy, but on the other hand, there's no reason in the world to expect that anyone would want to get away from this world.
It's the perfect expression of what it is. When you talk about that courage and bravery, how do you think the characters of Jonas or Rosemary compare to future characters—Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen?
It's not an adventure. It would have to have, I think. Kids are capable of acting selfishly. It is of greater merit that what motivates Jonas is saving this child, Gabe. When Katniss has to save her sister We're all capable of being selfish, but the point at which going through horrible things makes more sense, especially in books, is when characters are allowed to be noble in sacrifice.
We'd all like to think we'd be noble if the circumstances demanded it. That's what saves this book if he fails; he died for something that he couldn't have stood to the side on.
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What did you want more of? I wish we'd heard more about what happened when Rosemary died, not because it's a flaw in storytelling, but because the macabre part of me wants to know. We'd get to see and could hope that he did make a difference.
I hope in the next books, we'll get some sense of what happened when he left.
I want to know how widespread it is, this "Sameness"—are there other communities where there is music and color, and what happens next? This book is almost 20 years old. Do you think it could have come out this year and been so successful? I couldn't put it down. I read it in one sitting; I got two pages in and moved my towel under the umbrella and finished it there.
It's so lean, the pacing is so good, and it's brutal and unrelenting and all those words that sound like movie blurbs. It lacks the romance or the humor or anything that would be that spoonful of sugar, but that's a testament to how perfect a piece of storytelling it is.
There's all this wonderful realism, no one is having normal reactions, but the humanity comes though. We get the [ Harry Potter -esque] Sorting but it's scary. I thought of The City of Ember , they have those same sorts of traditions that no one really knows where they came from. It was unclear how much the elders believe in The Giver. It's so engrained, this has been going on so long. And there's genuine affection—these scary people are scary in a totally different way than, say, [the self-interested, power-hungry] President Snow in The Hunger Games —for them, it's coming from a good place.
Something that makes it so powerful is the idea that, even with the best intentions in the world, when you try to stop conflict by trying to make everyone the same you lose all the voices and music and books. The idea of going to Sameness and stopping people from being able to see colors is probably most similar to Fahrenheit , with Bradbury's rants against political correctness.
I think in some ways the Chaos Walking series also puts you thorough the ringer and doesn't give you an easy answer, but those books are pages They're lean and brutal and a world you can imagine being in, and they're not easy in the end.
Whoever reads them will not be able to stop thinking about them.
I feel like what I'm going to be doing as a writer next is asking, How do I tell a story that lean and crisp and perfect? And as a bookseller, I'm thinking, I have to get this in the hands of everybody who comes in having read The Hunger Games. The really beautiful thing, I loved that it hit me all of a sudden, was the removal of color. When something happened to the apple, and then something happened to Fiona's hair, and The Giver says, you're seeing red.That makes sense and feels right.
The society has taken away pain and strife by converting to "Sameness", a plan that has also eradicated emotional depth from their lives. There are also so many things there, so much more there than just the ending.
It is one that I would not have normally read, but I'm so glad that I did. Other books in this series.
Her Christ-figure uses literal magic powers to rebel against his society.