The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver (The Giver #1)

“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”

Such an important message conveyed in this short book. A message stressing the importance of choices, life is nothing without feelings and the capacity to feel, life is experiencing pleasure and pain or it isn’t really life. Wonderful philosophical provocative read. Jonas demonstrates a maturity beyond his years, he is brave and opens his eyes to a ‘reality’ ceasing to exist until new found knowledge is discovered. Lowry succeeds in launching the reader from a utopian to a dystopian society swiftly. The ending leaves the reader lost in thought on its meaning, loads of interpretation to be decoded.

“For the first time, he heard something that he knew to be music. He heard people singing. Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps, it was only an echo.” 

Published January 24th 2006 by Ember (first published 1993)
Pages 179
ISBN13: 9780385732550

Recommendation: 3/5


7 thoughts on “The Giver by Lois Lowry

  1. I have never read The Giver. Strangely, of late, I have been seeing it and hearing and reading about it quite frequently. I take these occurrences (and your review) as signs that it is time to read it. Thank you. Books!!!

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    • I don’t know if you are aware of this but The Giver is part of a quartet series. It’s aimed toward Middle graders, don’t let that deter you from reading the entire series. The themes are provoking and very very mature. Both young and ‘old’ will appreciate the series, frankly the series would apply to ALL ages. I know The Giver is now a movie, I’d love to hear from those having read the book and seen the movie. The Giver is a quick reading leaving you with lots to consider. Thank you for visiting and commenting. Happy New Year

      The Series (BTW this series has been around a while)
      The Giver
      Gathering Blue

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      • And thank you for that informative reply! I will indeed read the series. My daughter teaches autistic teens and assigned books which had also inspired movies. Once the assigned book was read and a report written, then the class watched the movie. These included:
        The Great Gatsby
        The Crucible
        Their Eyes Were Watching God
        It was fun following along.
        Thank you so much for devoting your blog to books!

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      • Wow that’s awesome. I bet the kids have keen observations comparing the book vs. movie. When you read the series you’ll see how adult the themes are, pretty amazing. Lowry crafted a wonderful way to introduce critical thinking to the younger audience. Let me know your thoughts when you’ve read your first book in the series.

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      • I will! Thank you for whetting my curiosity even more about the book and, now, the series. After my last comment to you, I thought about another book that has been made into a movie: The Book Thief. Have you read it? It is geared toward the young adult but is for all adults, really. It is a favorite and that does not begin to express how I truly feel about it.
        Best to you, Renate

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      • I loved The Book Thief. I agree, shouldn’t have been categorized as YA. Just because the protagonist is under 18 doesn’t automatically qualify as YA, the genre should be based on content. The content was HEAVY in The Book Thief. You would like CODE NAME VERITY < the ending is EMOTIONAL. Once again pushes as YA but this is VERY adult. Have Kleenex ready if you pursue this one!! I'm Leary with the label YA, sometimes it just doesn't apply. Once again content, theme should count….ok off my book soap box. Lol


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