Books I’ve Read No. 14 – The Giver

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By Lois Lowry

Three in a row that I’ve read before! I was looking for post-apocalypse fiction. This is dystopian, which is close. And makes you think much harder, which is good for everyone.

I was feeling badly that I’d not had many books under my belt for February. I tried at least four but couldn’t get into them, so I kept stopping and trying another. Finally I gave up and asked for books in a genre that I like. This is one of the suggestions. 

This book is very short, for me: I read it yesterday start to finish. The Giver is intended for young adult readers, and won a Newbery Award – but like most that do win that award, we older folks should read it, too. It does not come across as being condescending or talking down to young people – and it wouldn’t, to earn such prestige.

On looking this up, I find there are more books in the series. I’ll be on to them as soon as I can.

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  1. I was surprised how well this book held up when I reread it not long ago. I originally read it in class way back when and we wrote essays about the ending to guess what happens next (it wasn’t a series then). 🙂

    • Thank you! I’m quite older, so we were still reading things like the Red Pony in class in my time. I would have loved to have had something like this instead! It doesn’t feel like a young adult book to me, but then again the first time I read it, I didn’t know it was meant to be. Some very difficult ideals to wrestle with.

      • I was about Jonas’ age when I first read it so it stuck with me for a while. I also like that it doesn’t feel too much like a young adult book. It has plenty for an adult to appreciate/ponder while still being accessible to a younger age group.

        • Thanks for the follow – I’m just starting to talk about what I read after years of blogging, I think I bore most of my usual people, but it is a big part of who I am. I am very appreciative that you took the time to reply. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t want to talk to people! Hope you will be happy enough to ignore or comment on my cat/plants/nature adventures, too.

          • Mostly I blog about books, but I do also like cats and flowers. 🙂

            There’s a great book blog community on WordPress. Most of the books I hear about these days are from my fellow bloggers.

            • I’m part of a Stephen King fan group on FB, and a little while back someone posted about post-apocalyptic books – I grabbed as many recommendations as I could! So there will be a bunch of those kind of books coming up. I’ve actually read another already but can’t be arsed to do three posts in one day. It’s late!
              Glad you like cats and plants too, we will get along grand 🙂

    • Aaaaaaa! I Hate Hate Hate spoilers! Hence me barely giving an idea of what a book is about, just whether I like it or not. Well, if I don’t like it I’ll not finish it at all. But I’ll say if I struggled or it was an easy read.
      I think you will like this one. Because I know you will think harder than I about all the concepts. And likely come up with the same conclusions I did!

  2. I kept thinking, no bicycle until age nine? Can’t button up your own clothes until (forget age)? And the ‘stirrings’ – well, hell. It made me feel freakish thinking of when I first had them. What age were you when first reading this?

  3. I actually took writing classes under this author. She’s as cool as her books!
    (Isn’t it funny that books don’t put required age own themselves, people and merchants do? So many good books appeal across age brackets – and can be revisited in later years to reveal stuff you didn’t see before.)

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