The Giver by Lois Lowery
Strange happenings in a strange place
4 Ĺ / 5
We are introduced to the strange and strictly governed world of the giver through the voice of a boy named Jonas. Through many deeply unsettling acts of total restriction of the people of the community, we soon realize that this place that our protagonist is happily living in, is one were the people are so oppressed and lied to that they donít even realize that there is anything other than the lies. This story is about this community, and how Jonas is enlightened to the truth of what is happening, that everything he has been told in his life has been a lie, and how he reacts to that information.
Lois Lowry was born in Hawaii, but because of her fathers profession (army dentist) she has lived all over the world, from New York to Tokyo. She states that one of the influences of her book was visiting her father later in life and experiencing his gradually worsening Alzheimerís disease. Because of his worsening memory loss, Lowry thought what it would be like if we could all just forget the bad things that have happened, and just live our day to day lives in blissful ignorance. This is the principle idea behind the Community in The Giver; the idea that if we remove all possible variables, and not have to remember anything bad, then the world would be perfect. All of the memories that make us human have been erased, but they are all remembered by one man, The Giver. Because of his enormous burden, the Giver has aged much quicker than normal and he needs a replacement. This replacement is Jonas. After the realization of what atrocities the community commits, Jonas decides to escape with his only friend left, little baby Gabriel. The ending of this book is open to interpretation, but I am hopeful that they live.
The Giver combines many wonderful elements to create an intriguing and exciting book.
This book is fantastic, I would definitely recommend it.
If you have the time to think about it, I would definitely read The Giver. I would also recommend you have someone to talk about it with, as it will really make you think.