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Lois Lowry

The Giver

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In a perfect world, Jonas begins to see the flaws…
THE GIVER is the classic award-winning novel that inspired the dystopian genre and a major motion picture adaptation for 2014 starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift.
It is the future. There is no war, no hunger, no pain. No one in the community wants for anything. Everything needed is provided. And at twelve years old, each member of the community has their profession carefully chosen for them by the Committee of Elders.
Twelve-year old Jonas has never thought there was anything wrong with his world. But from the moment he is selected as the Receiver of Memory, Jonas discovers that their community is not as perfect as it seems.
It is only with the help of the Giver, that Jonas can find what has been lost. And it is only through his personal courage that Jonas finds the strength to do what is right…
The Giver is the award-winning classic of bravery and adventure that has inspired countless dystopian writers as the forerunner of this genre.
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  • Maja Jørgensenshared an impression6 years ago
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    💡Learnt A Lot

    This is such a wonderfully written book, that challenges so many things you thought you knew about yourself and the world! The ending is so open to interpretation and the characters are well rounded and it’s such a controversy. A total must-read, and the author’s note at the end is worth a read too

  • Dowlet Annamuhammedowshared an impression4 years ago
    🔮Hidden Depths

    Amazing book!

  • Harshita Mahlashared an impression4 years ago
    👍Worth reading

    Throught provoking and enlightening


  • Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted2 years ago
    It is not always a comfortable thing to be the centre of so much attention and controversy. But it makes me think about what it means to be “comfortable” – the very thing that the community of The Giver had achieved at such a great price. It was a community without danger or pain. But it was also a community without music, colour or art. And it was a community without books.

    Lois Lowry
  • Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted2 years ago
    I could not possibly have planned any of this. I sat down in 1993 to write an adventure story and to explore, for my own reasons, the concept of the importance of memory in our lives.

    Somehow, unintentionally, I tapped into something that fed a hunger out there.
  • Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted2 years ago
    Today, as I write this, four cities/towns in the USA have selected The Giver as their “community read” – the book that the entire town is asked to read, and then – picture this, a whole town! Adults and kids! What a wonderful thing! – to discuss.

    Schools across the country make it part of their required reading. Christian churches use it as part of their religious curriculum. And at the same time, countless people give it as a Bar Mitzvah gift.

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