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The Giver (21st Century Reference) Mass Market Paperback – Import, 1 August 1994
|Mass Market Paperback, Import, 1 August 1994||
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- ASIN : 0440219078
- Publisher : Laurel Leaf; Reissue edition (1 August 1994)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780440219071
- ISBN-13 : 978-0440219071
- Item Weight : 113 g
- Dimensions : 10.8 x 1.27 x 17.78 cm
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But you will be little disappointed with characters. While reading the story, I felt no connection between Jonas and his family. May be its due to their community in which they are living and their lack of feelings but there were no emotions. The protagonist, Jonas, is just 12 but he was very matured and working for the greater good(this little thing which might bug you because of his age, it did to me because I was more like Lily, no idea what I was doing but definitely not saving the world). I was disappointed with other characters such as Asher and Fiona because while reading, you will get an impression that they are going to be an important part but sadly, they were cut out of the story. I had already build up some story between Fiona and Jonas in my mind but was disappointed in the end.
Now, about the story, beginning of the story felt like Utopia and not the opposite, but later author subtly introduces to the reader that how s***ty their world is and how lucky you can be with not having Sameness. I shudder to think a world without colors and music, same monotonous life without any surprises. It will be a very horrible place.
Story carries a very important message but it could have been much better with little bit of more emotions and more connection between characters.
Its ending is ambiguous and will keep you hanging in the middle. You have to make peace with your mind by deciding whether its a happy or sad ending.
Overall, a great book to read and its worth your time. Hence, definitely recommended.
The cover of book is as shown in picture, though the book inside is normal. no movie related things within, thankfully
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The community regulates its population with systematic “Release” of their elderly and genetically weak “Newchilds” to “Elsewhere”. What’s probably most eerie is the lack of deep emotions, the tightly-reined speech and language, and appropriate behaviour expected of everyone in fulfilling their roles apparently cheerfully and without contest or discontentment. Jonas begins to question this reality and sets himself apart when he is assigned a specific role to play that would tear his whole world apart.
It is to Lowry’s credit that she creates this preternaturally-perfect little community in a simple manner, which would not be difficult for a child to imagine and process, and yet arouse uneasy feelings that forces the reader to confront established values and ways of living that he may have taken for granted without question. As a speculative novel, it is highly disturbing for the way it is entirely believable as a possible future.
The main protagonist, Jonas, is coming to the age where he becomes an adult within the 'community' that he and his family and friends live in. However, things are not as they seem and the direction of the book takes a deep, dark turn and Jonas starts to see things in a different light....
I won't say much more than that as I don't want to spoil it but let the above intrigue you enough to buy and read this book! It's an easy read and the story sticks with you.
He could discuss nothing of what he learnt or the memories he was given, he was given good memories of snow and sunshine but also given memories of pain and torture, each time he received a memory the Receiver lost it to Jonas, father was trying to decide which of twin boys were to be nurtured and which was to be release, Jonas had heard this word before when old people are released, he asks the Receiver who tells him, Jonas is totally shocked
This is a wonderful story that hits at the core of what being human means. For me it was a story so strong at the age of 13 that I still remember almost every bit of it. There are few tales that powerful.
As we learn more and more about the society in which Jonas lives it because increasingly dark and troubling more and more of a dystopia rather than a utopia.
As this is a book for young adults the language is simple and the book itself is reactively short. This does not mean that the book itself is either simply of lightweight. It ask profound question about our own society and indeed all societies. I would highly recommend it to any Young adult, maybe over the age of thirteen as some of the ideas raised I would also say that any adult reader would probably find lots in it to make them think. And it is certainly an engaging read.
I found Jonas' voice utterly realistic though out that the subtle way in which he starts to see the word differently is beautifully conveyed.