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  • The Giver is Lois Lowry’s crowning glory in my opinion
  • The Receiver’s job is to hold on to the memories of all mankind and to suffer all of their pain for them—the problem with this is that with the pain comes all the joy, because Lowry’s excellent moral is that you can’t have one without the other
  • I believe that this book is one of the greatest young adult novels ever written, and every child should receive it on his or her eleventh birthday


    • by LaurieBethsGrotto
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      The Giver is Lois Lowry’s crowning glory in my opinion. I also loved her World War II novel Number the Stars, but The Giver is a different story that fills a different niche, and most importantly, serves a different purpose.

      This novel tells of a world that the human race has always feared becoming.

      This world results in a fear of pain,


      of differences and of conflict, and results in a march toward sameness and coldness that creates a world devoid of feeling and diversity.

      Lowry does a remarkable job fooling the young reader—as well as the older reader, as I feel that adults should read it as well—into believing that this world is a utopia, when it is in fact a dystopia.

      This becomes ...


      • clear later in the story.

        Jonas, the main character, is chosen to become the Receiver of Memory, and so he meets the Giver, an old man who was the Receiver before him.

        The Receiver’s job is to hold on to the memories of all mankind and to suffer all of their pain for them—the problem with this is that with the pain comes

        all the joy, because Lowry’s excellent moral is that you can’t have one without the other.

        She also teaches that without your memories you have no identity.

        I believe that this book is one of the greatest young adult novels ever written, and every child should receive it on his or her eleventh birthday.

        The prose is excellent, the emotions clear, and the lessons irreplaceable.




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