The Giver (The Giver, #1)



1994 Newbery Medal WinnerTwelve Year Old Jonas Lives In A Seemingly Ideal World Not Until He Is Given His Life Assignment As The Receiver Does He Begin To Understand The Dark Secrets Behind This Fragile Community.The Giver (The Giver, #1)

Taken from Lowry s website I ve always felt that I was fortunate to have been born the middle child of three My older sister, Helen, was very much like our mother gentle, family oriented, eager to please Little brother Jon was the only boy and had interests that he shared with Dad together they were always working on electric trains and erector sets and later, when Jon was older, they always Taken from Lowry s website I ve always felt that I was fortunate to have been born the middle child of three My older sister, Helen, was very much like our mother gentle, family oriented, eager to please Little brother Jon was the only boy and had interests that he shared with Dad together they were always working on electric trains and erector sets and later, when Jon was older, they always seemed to have their heads under the raised hood of a car That left me in between, and exactly where I wanted most to be on my own I was a solitary child who lived in the world of books and my own vivid imagination.Because my father was a career military officer an Army dentist I lived all over the world I was born in Hawaii, moved from there to New York, spent the years of World War II in my mother s hometown Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and from there went to Tokyo when I was eleven High school was back in New York City, but by the time I went to college Brown University in Rhode Island , my family was living in Washington, D.C.I married young I had just turned nineteen just finished my sopho year in college when I married a Naval officer and continued the odyssey that military life requires California Connecticut a daughter born there Florida a son South Carolina Finally Cambridge, Massachusetts, when my husband left the service and entered Harvard Law School another daughter another son and then to Maine by now with four children under the age of five in tow My children grew up in Maine So did I I returned to college at the University of Southern Maine, got my degree, went to graduate school, and finally began to write professionally, the thing I had dreamed of doing since those childhood years when I had endlessly scribbled stories and poems in notebooks.After my marriage ended in 1977, when I was forty, I settled into the life I have lived ever since Today I am back in Cambridge, Massachusetts, living and writing in a house dominated by a very shaggy Tibetan Terrier named Bandit For a change of scenery Martin and I spend time in Maine, where we have an old it was built in 1768 farmhouse on top of a hill In Maine I garden, feed birds, entertain friends, and readMy books have varied in content and style Yet it seems that all of them deal, essentially, with the same general theme the importance of human connections A Summer to Die, my first book, was a highly fictionalized retelling of the early death of my sister, and of the effect of such a loss on a family Number the Stars, set in a different culture and era, tells the same story that of the role that we humans play in the lives of our fellow beings.The Giver and Gathering Blue, and the newest in the trilogy Messenger take place against the background of very different cultures and times Though all three are broader in scope than my earlier books, they nonetheless speak to the same concern the vital need of people to be aware of their interdependence, not only with each other, but with the world and its environment.My older son was a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force His death in the cockpit of a warplane tore away a piece of my world But it left me, too, with a wish to honor him by joining the many others trying to find a way to end conflict on this very fragile earth.I am a grandmother now For my own grandchildren and for all those of their generation I try, through writing, to convey my passionate awareness that we live intertwined on this planet and that our future depends upon our caring , and doing , for one another

✼ The Giver (The Giver, #1)  Epub ✿ Author Lois Lowry – Mauritiusholidayvillas.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • The Giver (The Giver, #1)
  • Lois Lowry
  • English
  • 21 November 2017
  • 0385732554

10 thoughts on “The Giver (The Giver, #1)

  1. says:

    Lowry s book is a piece of nationalist propaganda, using oversimplification, emotional appeals, and dualistic morality to shut down her readers minds More troubling is that it is aimed at children, who don t yet have the critical faculties to defend themselves from such underhanded methods.Unsurprisingly, Lowry adopts the structure of the monomyth, equating a spiritual journey with a moral one Her Christ figure uses literal magic powers to rebel against his society This rebellion an...

  2. says:

    I ve taught this book to my 6th graders nine years in a row Once I realized that the book is actually a mystery, and not the bland sci fi adventure it seemed at first skim, I loved itandeach time Nine years, two classes most years 17 TIMES I ve come to see that the book isn t the story of a depressing utopia It s the story of the relationship between the main characters the Giver, Jonas, and I won t say her name And of course, the baby Gabe.Every year, as we read the book I ve taught this book to my 6th graders nine years in a row Once I realized that the book is actually a mystery, and not the bland sci fi adventure it seemed at first skim, I loved itandeach time Nine years, two classes most years 17 TIMES I ve come to see that the book isn t the story of a depressing utopia It s the story of the relationship between the main characters the Giver, Jonas, and I won t say her name And of course, the baby Gabe.Every year, as we read the book out loud together, I am amazed at details the students notice things I ve missed the previous 15 times , or questions they raise that lead to further insights for not just the class but ME My God, the things they come up with, that I as an English major, or even me if I d read this with a book club, could never have gone that far in depth.As I began tofully understand the book over the yea...

  3. says:

    This book is perhaps the best refutation that I have seen in some time of a common philosophy of pain that is sometimes found in the popular media and in some versions of Buddhism According to this philosophy, pain is the ultimate evil, and so, to eliminate pain and suffering we must give up desire, and individuality Self is an illusion, and leads to pain desire and agency are dangerous, so we should give them up and join the cosmic oneness enlightenment to find a utopia without pain As Ge This book is perhaps the best refutation that I have seen in some time of a common philosophy of pain that is sometimes found in the popular media and in some versions of Buddhism According to this philosophy, pain is the ultimate evil, and so, to eliminate pain and suffering we must give up desire, and individua...

  4. says:

    I think I m missing something Everyone loves this book and I liked it too, but it wasn t amazing or anything.The Giver felt like a very sparse story to me First, there isn t much characterization, so I didn t form an emotional connection with any of the characters not even with Jonas or the Giver two central characters Asher and Fiona particularly Fiona are introduced such that you assume they will play greater roles in the book than they do I don t feel like I knew Mom or Dad or Lily I think I m missing something Everyone loves this book and I liked it too, but it wasn t amazing or anything.The Giver felt like a very sparse story to me First, there isn t much characterization, so I didn t form an emotional connection with any of the characters not even with Jonas or the Giver two central characters Asher and Fiona particularly Fiona are introduced such that you assume they will play greater roles in the book than they do I don t feel like I knew Mom or Dad or Lily at all While the lack of an emotional bond with these lesser characters may be due to the nature of their community, Jonas and the Giver should really besympathetic, in my opinion.Second, the descriptio...

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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here If there are no wrong answers, can we really say that something has any meaning It is very easy to start an interesting science fiction story Simply begin with a mystery Don t explain things to the reader and leave them in a state of wonder In this way, everything will seem interesting, intriguing, and worth exploring Tap into the reader s powers of imagination and allow them to make your story interesting in ways you need not imagine, and perhaps cannot create This is a good plan for start If there are no wrong answers, can we really say that something has any meaning It is very easy to start an interesting science fiction story Simply begin with a mystery Don t explain things to the reader and leave them in a state of wonder In this way, everything will seem interesting, intriguing, and worth exploring Tap into the reader s powers of imagination and allow them to make your story interesting in ways you need not imagine, and perhaps cannot create This is a good plan for starting a science fiction story Lots of science fiction stories begin in this way On television, almost all of them do X Files , Lost , Battlestar Galactica , The 4400 , The truth is out there They have a plan The Giver starts in this way In the first few pages as the setting unfolded, I was struck by the parallels to China after the cu...

  6. says:

    Woah, I can easily understand why such a grand amount of people loved this book and definitely see why many were not satisfied with the movie I cannot believe how many elements of this story they changed However, there is something that I must admit I preferred the movie because of how melancholic and hopeful it made me feel and for the suspense inside it that the book irrevocably lacked It is not something that I hear myself say often at all I have always been that little full of criticism Woah, I can easily understand why such a grand amount of people loved this book and definitely see why many were not satisfied with the movie I cannot believe h...

  7. says:

    Upon finishing this book, not 20 minutes ago, I m left with several thoughts 1 This book should be required reading for everyone with the emotional maturity to handle it I believe that blindly labeling The Giver as a children s book is neither realistic nor necessarily wise, in some instances Parents would be well advi...

  8. says:

    SPOILER ALERT I don t know what you mean when you say the whole world or generations before him I thought there was only us I thought there was only now Read the book, watch the movie, experience the synergy We don t live in a dystopian world, but we do have a growing number of our population who believe that all that exists is NOW, th...

  9. says:

    Yesterday, I took a road trip with my two daughters to get pick up my 88 year old grandmother, who will be staying with us through the holiday season At 5 and 9 years old, my usual audiobook choices were clearly not an option So, I found myself listening to some books that definitely are not my usual type, yet again With over 4 1 2 hours in the car each way, we were able to finish 2 audiobooks from start to finish By pure coincidence, they both ended up being authored by Lois Lowry I have n Yesterday, I too...

  10. says:

    After a re read, I can no longer think of The Giver as simply a childish sci fi tale with heavy moralistic leanings What I see now is a story about growing up and confronting the world outside of the safe haven of childhood.Well, yes, of course, it IS a dystopian tale about a young boy growing up in the commune of sameness that is devoid of colors or intense feelings or individuality and the said boy has an unusual ability to experience what the others are missing out on, and he selflessly After a re read, I can no longer think of The Giver as simply a childish ...

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