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In a world with no poverty, no crime, no sickness and no unemployment, and where every family is happy, 12-year-old Jonas is chosen to be the community's Receiver of Memories. Under the tutelage of the Elders and an old man known as the Giver, he discovers the disturbing truth about his utopian world and struggles against the weight of its hypocrisy. With echoes of Brave New World, in this 1994 Newbery Medal winner, Lowry examines the idea that people might freely choose to give up their humanity in order to create a more stable society. Gradually Jonas learns just how costly this ordered and pain-free society can be, and boldly decides he cannot pay the price. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
In the "ideal" world into which Jonas was born, everybody has sensibly agreed that well-matched married couples will raise exactly two offspring, one boy and one girl. These children's adolescent sexual impulses will be stifled with specially prescribed drugs; at age 12 they will receive an appropriate career assignment, sensibly chosen by the community's Elders. This is a world in which the old live in group homes and are "released"--to great celebration--at the proper time; the few infants who do not develop according to schedule are also "released," but with no fanfare. Lowry's development of this civilization is so deft that her readers, like the community's citizens, will be easily seduced by the chimera of this ordered, pain-free society. Until the time that Jonah begins training for his job assignment--the rigorous and prestigious position of Receiver of Memory--he, too, is a complacent model citizen. But as his near-mystical training progresses, and he is weighed down and enriched with society's collective memories of a world as stimulating as it was flawed, Jonas grows increasingly aware of the hypocrisy that rules his world. With a storyline that hints at Christian allegory and an eerie futuristic setting, this intriguing novel calls to mind John Christopher's Tripods trilogy and Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl. Lowry is once again in top form--raising many questions while answering few, and unwinding a tale fit for the most adventurous readers. Ages 12-14.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Amazing but disturbing. This story is one you can't forget....even if you want to.Published 5 days ago by Jackie Allen
I remembered having this book read to us in 6th grade (would have happily read it myself, lol) and how much I'd loved the story, so I decided to buy it and read it again. Read morePublished 4 months ago by rmt.nicoleg
Short but good read. The movie is well adapted from the prose.Published 6 months ago by Larry Hicks
I can't believe I waited so long I read this book. It pulled me in from the first chapter and kept me trapped until the last line. I look forward to the rest of the books.Published 6 months ago by A. Mabee
This writer is talented enough to spin a tale that provokes some truly intriguing questions (why can't they see colour? Read morePublished 8 months ago by colin
I couldn't put this book down once I started reading it. I went through a rainbow of feelings, and I'm left with a wistful bittersweet sentiment that I struggle to understand and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Armand de Sillègue
I liked it just fine until the end. I found the book to be well-written and engaging, and the characters were interesting. The whole premise of the book was interesting. Read morePublished 9 months ago by MyVamp
I have literally read this book AT LEAST 20 times. First read it back in school and haven't put it down since. The new movie is great, but still can't replace this wonderful story.Published 10 months ago by A. Kennedy