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Alec Srifuldt posts on 5/24/2010 10:24:09 PM
I did this book review for a class. I hope it's helpful for anyone interested:
How much would you give to live a life free of pain, fear, or discomfort? Would you give up your freedom? Your choices? Your ability to love? This is just one of the many themes examined in The Giver. The story follows Jonas, a twelve-year-old boy living in a safe, predictable society referred to as The Community. Everyone in the community has a job, plenty of food, and abides by the rules. Jonas lives a comfortable childhood, but when he turns twelve and is given a job, he becomes the Receiver of Memories, an assignment that will change his world forever.
The Giver, the man who gives Jonas the memories, is probably my favorite character. He’s not that old, but the experiences that he carries for the community have aged him. Even though he’s got a pretty uneventful life, the memories make him feel like a very experienced man. He also helps Jonas through all the experiences he encounters in the memories, and becomes like a grandfather to him. Jonas struggles with the society in the new light with which he sees it. He feels an inner conflict because he can no longer continue his innocent childhood life in the community, and since he is different from the rest of the community, he feels threatened by a way of life that he now feels is unjust.
The Giver made me think about questions and themes I hadn’t thought of before. For example, the importance of individuality is one theme that really stuck out at me. Jonas’s (and his peers’) differences are celebrated for the first time when they come of age and start different paths of adulthood. Jonas’s individuality goes further than when he starts receiving memories and realizes that the whole community is still living in consolidation. By being emotionally sterile, individuals cannot fully express their personality.
One of my favorite things about the story was that the allegories weren’t inaccessible. While some stories make it hard to find the meaning in them with complex symbolism, this one made understandable connections to real-life themes. I would suggest this to preteens entering the transitional stage to adolescence. I would also recommend it to people who like to think deeply about important ideas, like the importance of love, emotion, memories, and individuality. Seeing that this is one of my all-time favorite books, I would have to give it a five out of five.
Megan posts on 1/22/2010 11:27:23 AM
I thoght Gathering Blue was really good.
Karliegh posts on 2/26/2008 4:35:25 PM
I think that The giver book was a good book and it tought alot of things that are not in our life time.I think it made many people think through how there life was.. But also thought that it was a GREAT book..And I just wanna thank Mr.lowery for writing such a good book...
cool chick. posts on 1/17/2008 6:23:56 PM
i absolutly possitivly loveeddd the giver and thtas kinda surprising since im like reelli cool and popular and i dont like to read but i started reading this book for a class and i lovedddddddd it;; it was soo good. essspecially the ending it was great most people hate it but i love it u just have to look in deep into the words and understand what the aouther is trying to sayy.
runningwind(nightclan medicinecat shecat) posts on 5/23/2007 7:19:10 AM
Hello everybody you should read the warrior books they are soooo awesome! Well that is if you haven't readthem already(lol)
Anonymous posts on 5/22/2007 10:28:54 PM
I need to do character connectors for the gathering blue can anyone please help
meg posts on 12/9/2006 7:32:41 PM
I LOVE the giver... but i'm the sorta person who reads anything and everything so you can't always go by me... i like number the stars better, i have that book to thank because its the book that got me REALLY into reading
Mashrur Rahman posts on 12/9/2006 12:32:30 PM
The giver is a really boring book. It comes to point which is a little sad.. But i don't rate is that high cause its really boring at the beginning.. The author should have made it more interesting at the begining
Jillian posts on 10/28/2006 7:33:28 PM
Hello. I read "The Giver" when i was in 6th grade...and personally i hated the ending it was such a good story that it had to end so dumb. What a (personally) awful way to live! i mean what are they called... the birthmothers? if they give birth to like 3 babies, arn't they getting raped? or are they doing it by choice? i dont think so, because clearly that society lives with no freedom what so ever...i hated the part when jonas's father kills that baby just because it's premature gees! and whats with the color part? what? is everyone like color blind and can only see in black and white? i claim it to be an awful society because...well, everyones so happy, but thats just it! no one feels anger, sadness (especially when someone has died!) depression, or jelousy! i thought you cant live one without the other. LOL it would be funny if someone from that society came up to us and said "what an awful way to live" because they might think we're strange...but i think it's terrible that you cant even make your own choices in the book. other than that though, i loved it.
posts on 10/3/2006 10:54:56 PM
Hey everyone. I read tha giver and it was ok. Does ne one kno how to write a 3 sentence summary of it which includes the main idea, significance of the main idea and the author's message?
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