The Giver | Lois Lowry

 

Title: The Giver (Kindle)

Author: Lois Lowry

Synopsis: 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.

 

My Review:

I was looking through a listicle of books that are, according to the author, “Must-Reads”, when I stumbled across this one. Most of the books on the list were ones that I had already read, barring one or two, and among those was “The Giver”. I had heard of the book before, but I was recovering from another one of my infamous reading slumps that always seem to happen mid-vacation, and desperate to read anything. So I went and got the Kindle Sample of  the book. I got so immersed that I ended up reading it well into the night.

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you would have seen the excited rant that I went into in the middle of the night about the concept of memory explored in the book.

The book is set in an indeterminate future where human beings are engineered and brought into this world through Birth Mothers. Every batch of children has about 50 individuals and twins are not allowed. People are given their Assignments at thhe age of 12 and are then coached accordingly.

Jonas has grown up in this society, that is believed to be the perfect world.  But at 12, he is given the Assignment of Receiver. He is to be given the memories of the world.

What I found reading the book is that the concept of Memory as expressed in this book, is the concept of History. It is the memories of the past. A past before the Sameness, when there existed colour and feelings and emotions.

Memories, if understood well, give Wisdom – a quality thought to be essential in Life. And so Jonas gains Wisdom. He starts to see individuality. He starts to see the importance of difference. He sees the importance of emotions and feelings – love, hate, grief, lust. He sees that these make up life and that without these one cannot say that they have truly experienced Life.

In essence, I believe, this book tells us the importance of the so-called material things that make Life what it is, and gives the individuality to each life and the differences in between.

Human beings search for Happiness. Ironically, in the absence of Grief, Happiness cannot be felt, as it would not be a distinguishable emotion.

 – Enakshi

 

 

 

My Blog: https://eddybookreview.wordpress.com/2017/06/30/the-giver-lois-lowry/

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