The Giver by Lois Lowry

In a world of Sameness, a young man who can see colors is chosen to be the Receiver and bear all emotion and memory for his community. As he trains, he begins to see the monstrousness of a world without feeling.

I missed this one growing up, even though I devoured Lowry’s Anastasia Krupnik series. It’s a hypnotic tale that I read in a single sitting, drawn in by Lowry’s simple storytelling and deft use of imagery. Learning that Jonas’s warm family knew nothing of love–in word or in deed–was horrifying and powerful. Lowry is a beautiful writer and this book well deserves the praise it’s been given.

The Giver

7 thoughts on “The Giver by Lois Lowry”

  1. Its truly a wonderful book and if you have not read it before, I would urge you to do so immediately. While targeted towards the young adult section, I think this book transcends age with its disturbing message. There are many ways to approach reading this novel, and for some smart, engaging analysis of the novel, its themes and literary techniques used, visit Shmoop’s coverage of The Giver.

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