The giver

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1. It’s a 1993 American dystopian novel by Lois Lowry

2. The novel follows a twelve-year-old boy named Jonas.

2.1. He is living in a futuristic society that has taken away all pain, fear and war by converting to sameness. There’s no prejudice, since everyone looks and acts basically the same, and there is very little competition. The society has also eliminated choise:

2.1.1. At age twelve every member of the community is assigned a job based on his or her abilities and interests.

2.1.2. Citizens can apply for and be assigned compatible spouses, and each couple is assigned exactly two children each.

2.1.2.1. The children born to Birthmothers

2.1.3. When adults are too old to function in the society, they are “released” but it’s never described that way.

2.2. He lives with his father, nurturer of new children. His mother who works at the department of justice. And his little sister lily.

3. Everything is planned and organized so that life is as convenient and pleasant as possible

4. At the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas is given the highly honored Assignment of Receiver of Memory.

4.1. The Receiver is the sole keeper of the community’s collective memory. He keep all memories of pain, war and emotion.So the community can avoid making the mistakes of the past.The Receiver can bear the pain. Jonas receives the memories of the past, good and bad, from the current Receiver, a wise old man who tells Jonas to call him the Giver.

4.1.1. The giver transmit memories by placing his hands on Jonas’s bare back.

4.1.1.1. The first memory is : exhilarating sled ride

4.1.1.2. As Jonas receives memories from the Giver,he realizes how bland and empty life in his community really is.

4.1.1.2.1. The memories make Jonas’s life richer and more meaningful, and he wishes that he could give that richness and meaning to the people he loves.

4.1.1.3. The Giver’s daughter was a receiver but she asked to be released because the memories were too painful.

4.1.2. Meanwhile, Jonas is helping his family take care of a problem newchild, Gabriel, who has trouble sleeping through the night at the Nurturing Center. Jonas helps the child to sleep by transmitting soothing memories to him every night. When Gabriel is in danger of being released, the Giver reveals to Jonas that release is the same as death.

4.1.2.1. Jonas tried to escape with Gabriel to save him, he set off for elsewhere. gradually he enters to a landscape full of colors, avoiding search planes.

5. A friend of mine lent it to me. And after reading it I also watched the movie which is very similar if not the same

5.1. I think it’s a fantastic and great book, it’s not my genre but I really liked it and I recommend it, both the book and the movie