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The Giver

Lowry, Lois (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Giver


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Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
Authors: Lowry, Lois
Title: The giver
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin,, 2011, c1993
Characteristics: 197 p., [12] leaves of plates :,ill. (some col.) ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Lois Lowry ; illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
Summary: Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
Awards & Distinctions: Newbery Medal, 1994
ISBN: 9780547424774
0547424779
Branch Call Number: j LOWRY 2011
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Report This Apr 16, 2014
  • Winn4560 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It's a book with deep meanings. You really have to think about what you've just read. Great for deep thinkers.

Report This Apr 09, 2014
  • grattan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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  • Lightining_975 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Totally inappropriate Too much "Stirrings" #yolo

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  • chgarland rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

People keep calling this place, the setting of the book, a dystopia but what it is is a communist society, pure communism as it will always end up. People eat what they are given, people work at what they are told to work at, people are given a house that will support their family unit, everyone's sex drive is suppressed because it would disrupt their "peace." This place is a stinking nightmare where discipline rods are used on tiny children and old people, where anyone not fitting in is killed, where the old are euthanized (and who knows who decides when it's time for that). This place is a stinking, horrifying, endless nightmare that consists all and entirely of lies, as communism always has and always will. And above it all, people we never see, are the "elders" who make all of the decisions for everyone else. The peace that is here is the peace of the grave only none of the people know they are dead.

The book The Giver by Lois Lowry, is about a utopia vs a dystopia. Jonas the protagonist is in the beginning controlled and blinded by the lies of the elders. He never doubted their choices until he had the power to see beyond the lies. This power came from his new assignment as receiver of memory. With this role and the training from, The Giver; he began to uncover the truth. Throughout the novel, we learn of all the different lies that had been made, so that the elders can cover the happiness that was compromised from the past, and we learn of the dystopic routines practiced in their present. Once Jonas began to uncover the flaws of his society, we see the theme stand out, as the characters become who they truly are. Finally, the dystopic community is then attacked by Jonas, when he leaves the town and lets the memories return to the people; where the Giver has stayed to care for everyone. Based in a futuristic world, the giver, a science fiction novel written by Lois Lowry, takes place in a community where everyone is the same, and opinion doesn't exist. No music, no colour, no love. At age 12 children are assigned roles in the community, their job. When Jonas is assigned to be the receiver of memory, his eyes are opened to the world, and what really happens. He unravels the mysteries, the lies, and he learns about the past. But when his training is nearly completed, and he's acquired the most painful of memories such as war and the greatest of them like love, the giver decides it’s time to unveil the tmruth behind "release" but the knowledge is too painful and unbearable for Jonas who decides to change his own determined fate, and that of a boy he soon comes to love. The author portrays to readers that while pain, war, and conflict has been eliminated, so have love, snow, and colour. You could not have one without the other, as there is not an idea world. The novel is full of mystery, and adventure as a world that was once perfect to everyone, is now known to be otherwise by one, and Jonas is set on bringing the knowledge to everyone else in the community. The novel is intriguing from beginning to end, discover for yourself what happens to Jonas as he undertakes a mission greater than himself. The author portrays to readers that while pain, war, and conflict has been eliminated, so have love, snow, and colour. You could not have one without the other, as there is not an idea world. The novel is full of mystery, and adventure as a world that was once perfect to everyone, is now known to be otherwise by one, and Jonas is set on bringing the knowledge to everyone else in the community. The novel is intriguing from beginning to end, discover for yourself what happens to Jonas as he undertakes a mission greater than himself. - See more at: http://hpl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/5210868084_the_giver#sthash.32vIYOZJ.dpuf

The book The Giver by Lois Lowry, is about a utopia vs a dystopia. Jonas the protagonist is in the beginning controlled and blinded by the lies of the elders. He never doubted their choices until he had the power to see beyond the lies. This power came from his new assignment as receiver of memory. With this role and the training from, The Giver; he began to uncover the truth. Throughout the novel, we learn of all the different lies that had been made, so that the elders can cover the happiness that was compromised from the past, and we learn of the dystopic routines practiced in their present. Once Jonas began to uncover the flaws of his society, we see the theme stand out, as the characters become who they truly are. Finally, the dystopic community is then attacked by Jonas, when he leaves the town and lets the memories return to the people; where the Giver has stayed to care for everyone. Based in a futuristic world, the giver, a science fiction novel written by Lois Lowry, takes place in a community where everyone is the same, and opinion doesn't exist. No music, no colour, no love. At age 12 children are assigned roles in the community, their job. When Jonas is assigned to be the receiver of memory, his eyes are opened to the world, and what really happens. He unravels the mysteries, the lies, and he learns about the past. But when his training is nearly completed, and he's acquired the most painful of memories such as war and the greatest of them like love, the giver decides it’s time to unveil the tmruth behind "release" but the knowledge is too painful and unbearable for Jonas who decides to change his own determined fate, and that of a boy he soon comes to love. The author portrays to readers that while pain, war, and conflict has been eliminated, so have love, snow, and colour. You could not have one without the other, as there is not an idea world. The novel is full of mystery, and adventure as a world that was once perfect to everyone, is now known to be otherwise by one, and Jonas is set on bringing the knowledge to everyone else in the community. The novel is intriguing from beginning to end, discover for yourself what happens to Jonas as he undertakes a mission greater than himself. The author portrays to readers that while pain, war, and conflict has been eliminated, so have love, snow, and colour. You could not have one without the other, as there is not an idea world. The novel is full of mystery, and adventure as a world that was once perfect to everyone, is now known to be otherwise by one, and Jonas is set on bringing the knowledge to everyone else in the community. The novel is intriguing from beginning to end, discover for yourself what happens to Jonas as he undertakes a mission greater than himself.

Report This Jan 29, 2014
  • Lauraparr rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A beautiful story that reminded me a bit of 1984. The story is about this utopian, dull and monotonous society and a young boy's quest for truth, feelings and memories.

Report This Jan 16, 2014
  • timbronitskiy rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I hate this book. It's either because I'm not a reader or this book is really messed up, including the author.

I like this book. The setting is interesting: a community with such order that life is monotonous. I like the end, which is adventurous, and I especially liked when he found the sled was his memory. An excellent book.

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  • awhaleofatale rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

After all the critical acclaim and awards, I just don't get it. Why is this book so popular?

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Report This Aug 23, 2012
  • usmanbaig rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book's summary is where a memory has to be transfer to another person

Report This Aug 15, 2012
  • Blue_Baboon_132 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is mainly about a boy named Jonas, his sister Lily, Mother , Father, Friend Asher, Friend Fiona, And The Giver! The ceremony of 12 arrives jonas is the receiver for now then he'll become the giver by receiving memories of all types. I know that the ending of the story is hard to say what happened but what happens is that when he takes gabe the baby and run away because he doesnt want them to release him first thing in the morning. The giver helps them to run away because he agrees that he want not just one person to have the memory of the past that they dnt get or see now but to share the memories with everyone to know the past and their history. they arrive on the sled they glide down on the snow there is a light that they see at the bottom they hear singing colorful lights and trees and they knew that they were waiting for them to arrive. What at the other end is CHRISTMAS!! they probably went back around the community and when they came back its wasnt how it was before because he was in a new society. So they joined the circle of people a began singing christmas cherals with them. So that means that they did not die!!!! this is a must read the book u'll get sucked in to it :) ;)

Report This Jul 28, 2012
  • chrisgotstacks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I LOVE THIS BOOOK THE END IS VERY TWISTING AND DARING I ALMOST CRIED

Report This Jul 13, 2012
  • JessicaGMei rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Giver is a dystopian children's novel by Lois Lowry. It is set in a society which is at first presented as a utopian society and gradually appears more and more dystopian. The novel follows a boy named Jonas through the twelfth year of his life. The society has eliminated pain and strife by converting to "Sameness," a plan that has also eradicated emotional depth from their lives. Jonas is selected to inherit the position of "Receiver of Memory," the person who stores all the past memories of the time before Sameness, in case they are ever needed to aid in decisions that others lack the experience to make. When Jonas meets the previous receiver—The "Giver"—he is confused in many ways. The Giver is also able to break some rules, such as turning off the speaker and lying to people of the community. As Jonas receives the memories from the Giver, he discovers the power of knowledge. The people in his community are happy because they don't know of a better life, but the knowledge of what they are missing out on could create major chaos. He faces a dilemma: Should he stay with the community, his family living a shallow life without love, color, choices, and knowledge, or should he run away to where he can live a full life?

Report This Jul 10, 2012
  • Yavril rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In a world with no decisions, one person keeps every memory of the entire world. He is the Receiver. But he does not live forever, so a new Receiver must be selected, and the old Receiver becomes the Giver, and passes on the memories. When Jonas is selected as the new Receiver, he doesn't know what to think. The rules that come with the job are different than the way he has lived his whole life. But he must submit, or face the consequences.

The Giver - Book Review The Giver is about Jonas, his family, The Giver, Asher, and Fiona. It’s about the community that they live in. The community is different from ours because it seems to be “perfect”, and it supports all the needs of everyone. Some themes that stand out are Memory Concept of Release Emotion Growing Up Responsibility Lois Lowry writes in a strange science-fiction style. In my opinion it seems like it is for 10-12 years of age. She uses a variety of complex words in her book;there are also statements and expressions for children/teens that are easily relatable. However, I found it difficult to relate to the characters in the book. Lois Lowry writes for people just around the middle age group between kids and adults, but leaning just a bit over to the kids’ side. I 100% DISagree with the idea of the whole community in The Giver. I feel it isn’t right to have changed the whole community this much! Taking away color, brightness, and basic human experience like joy and pain must be very difficult! But that’s not the way the world is supposed to be! On page 94, The Giver states, “Once, back in the time of the memories, everything had a shape and size, the way things still do, but they also had a quality called color” (Lowry, 94). I recommend this book to anyone wondering about how a brain works, or anyone who thinks a lot. The first time I picked up the book, the cover didn’t appeal to me. Someone had recommended it to me, but based on the cover it didn’t look very interesting.

Report This Jul 09, 2011
  • LuluY rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In a so called Utopian society, young Jonas is chosen to be the Receiver of Memories of the real world. Bit by bit Jonas comes to realize the cost of living in a "perfect" world- the loss of humanity itself.

At his Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas is given the assignment of Receiver, and keeps the memories of his society's past. He has memories no one else has: color, feeling, sunshine... but also pain, sunburn, hunger. Then Jonas is able to see there was more to life than the utopian society life he'd been living in. And lastly, when little Gabriel is welcomed into his family for a while and then may be Released, he dares to do something he'd never thought of before, helped by the Giver. Deprssing book, with a cliffhanger ending. Slightly imaginative, but Lois Lowry could do better.

Report This Jan 23, 2009
  • heatherlynn rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Characters: Plot: DARK and DEPRESSING ending.

" Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas became the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives." (Novelist Review)

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Other: Dark and frightening at times

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Violence: This title contains Violence.

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  • navy_swan_16 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others." (p. 95)

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  • Tuka Al-Hemed rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“The life where nothing was ever unexpected. Or inconvenient. Or unusual. The life without colour, pain or past.”

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  • VaderandZurgRULE rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Jonas had not been assigned. He has been selected.

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  • LazyNeko rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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

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  • tt14 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

"That's it Asher you're released!

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  • usmanbaig rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

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  • Blue_Baboon_132 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Understandable!!

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  • chrisgotstacks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

AMAZING

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  • JennComishen rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"No one mentioned such things; it was not a rule, but was considered rude to call attention to things that were unsettling or different about individuals." - Lois Lowry, The Giver, Ch. 3

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  • JennComishen rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"For a contributing citizen to be released from the community was a final decision, a terrible punishment, an overwhelming statement of failure." - Lois Lowry, The Giver, Ch. 1

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