Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.
Hey guys! So I have to say, I am embarrassed that it took me 8 days to read this book. I know for some people, that would sound about normal, but for me, thats a big no-no, especially because the book is only 179 pages. I was anticipating that I would finish it in a day, but that wasn’t the case! Apparently life just got in the way.
So I wanted to read this book because even after 8 years, people are talking about this book. Its won numerous awards, and I have to say justly so. For such a short story, I thought it was pretty good. There wasn’t much that was needed to be said in order to get the story across, but it did have a big impact.
Whats the book about? The book is about a young teenager named Jonas who lives in a utopian world. Everything is controlled for the people, including their jobs, how they are raised, what they can wear, how the interact with each other, etc. When it comes to Jonas’ time to be given his permanent job, he is singled out for a special job called The Receiver, in which he receives training from the previous receiver, who is now called the giver. As the receiver, Jonas will receive the memories of pain, love, anguish, etc from those who came before. Jonas’ world is turned upside down when he discovers the real truth about his world.
This book, I feel like, is a you love it or hate it. I’ve seen people mostly love it, but the few reviews I’ve seen of people hating it, man they were brutal. A lot of people like to take a book apart, provide some sort of analytical criticism for what they believe is going on, and kinda just rant about it. I’m not going to do that because my days of analytical literature essays from college are done. For now at least. Instead I want to take the story as a whole, and not piece by piece. I feel like there just isn’t enough there for me to take it apart piece by piece.
In this book, the people individually are naive. They don’t understand the world around them, but rather they understand the rules that are handed to them. Jonas and the giver share difficulties with dealing with this because they know so much more than the rest of their community. But the society as a whole, seems to be corrupt to me, but not in the way that people traditionally think. When people think of corruption, they think of one person or a set of people who instill corruption into a society or group. But no one is allowed to think inside this society, and they think that whatever is going on in the society, whatever is deemed as a rule, is good for them. They were never taught to show passion for something, or to stand up for an idea. The inability to think for themselves is the corruption. Just because something appears to be working, doesn’t mean it isn’t falling apart at the seams. But what I liked about this book, is the fact that when you grow alongside Jonas mentally, you first learn to accept the people and their naivety. You accept it as normal behavior. And as you learn about the truth of the world with Jonas, you feel the same things as him. I think what was brilliant about Lowry’s book was the fact that she expected you to have knowledge of the pains of the world, like war, corruption, famine, etc. You also brought along your own memories of having fun, playing games, being happy. In this sense, the book was really interactive.
Now onto the movie bit. So this book has been turned into a movie and is slated to come out August 15th, 2014. I’m having a bit of trouble with the trailer. It seems really different from the book that I read. I imagined a quiet little town, and the movie made it into a metropolis. The society in the book seemed simplistic, and the only technology I saw was intercoms and talk about a car. The trailer made it seem like life was comfortable, there was technology everywhere. There were also bits and pieces in the trailer that I didn’t even see in the book, and made me wonder if the movie was changed drastically to add more action and make a bigger conspiracy. Things may have been added from the other books in the series, but I have a feeling the stuff I’m talking about isn’t in the series. I’m not quite sure. However, there are some big actors in this movie, like Jeff Bridges staring as the Giver, Meryl Streep as the Chief Elder, Katie Holmes as Jonas’ mother, Taylor Swift as Rosemary (I’m unsure how I feel about this one. I used to be a huge taylor swift fan, but things change.) I’ve posted the trailer below so you guys can check it out for yourselves!