“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”

Summary

This haunting story centers on Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he’s given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.

Personal Experiences

I cried in this book. It is a very sad and emotional book. I was amazed that this could be a book written so long. I had read this book for school, but I am very glad that they had me read it. I think every second of my time reading this book was worth it.

Quotes

“Take pride in your pain; you are stronger than those who have none”


“We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.”


[NOT FROM BOOK]

“The man that I named the Giver passed along to the boy knowledge, history, memories, color, pain, laughter, love, and truth. Every time you place a book in the hands of a child, you do the same thing. It is very risky. But each time a child opens a book, he pushes open the gate that separates him from Elsewhere. It gives him choices. It gives him freedom. Those are magnificent, wonderfully unsafe things.

-Lois Lowry


“For the first time, he heard something that he knew to be music. He heard people singing. Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps, it was only an echo.”


“If you were to be lost in the river, Jonas, your memories would not be lost with you. Memories are forever.”


“It’s the choosing that’s important, isn’t it?”


“I liked the feeling of love,’ [Jonas] confessed. He glanced nervously at the speaker on the wall, reassuring himself that no one was listening. ‘I wish we still had that,’ he whispered. ‘Of course,’ he added quickly, ‘I do understand that it wouldn’t work very well. And that it’s much better to be organized the way we are now. I can see that it was a dangerous way to live.’

…’Still,’ he said slowly, almost to himself, ‘I did like the light they made. And the warmth.”


“I feel sorry for anyone who is in a place where he feels strange and stupid.”


“The life where nothing was ever unexpected. Or inconvenient. Or unusual. The life without colour, pain or past.”


“He wept, and it felt as if the tears were cleansing him, as if his body needed to empty itself.”


“Teasing’s part of the fun that comes before kissing”


Where to find The Giver

Indie Bound*

PDF**

*If you are unaware, I have a video on how to use Indie Bound as a resource on how to find books

**Also, if you have a Windows Phone, there is a really good EPUB reader app called Bookviser Reader. You can check out their website here.

Happy Reading . . .

The Giver (The movie)

IMDB The Giver

The Giver Youtube trailer

Cite this article as: Serene Haroon, "The Giver by Louis Lowry," in {sereneharoon.com}, July 20, 2016, http://sereneharoon.com/2016/07/the-giver-by-louis-lowry/.

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