In Lois Lowry’s 1993 “The Giver,” twelve year old Jonas is selected to be the next Receiver of Memory. In a utopian society where there is no color, no differences, no emotions, no music, and NO CHOICES, he is now responsible for providing wisdom to the Committee of Elders if they ever need counseling. Jonas works with the current Receiver in his training, dealing with the memories of love, loss, pain, sunlight, and more. It is a very difficult idea to convey through a short blog, but it’s an intriguing story and won the “Newbery Medal for The Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children.”
This creative concept was reintroduced to me after 12 years! I first read the book when in the 4th or 5th grade. I was a 10 year old reading about a community that doesn’t experience the common emotions and senses of our daily lives. Re-reading the story at 22 made it easier to understand the lessons that Lowry described in the novel. I’m eagerly awaiting the film based on the book, coming to theaters on August 15th. For anyone thinking about seeing the movie, I strongly recommend reading the book first. There are major differences from what I can tell in the trailer, but it looks to be a wonderful adaptation featuring Jeff Bridges as the Giver.
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