A little like the cover of the book displayed here, 'The Giver' is a muted yet deeply powerful book.
A small story, with a big message for society, and our constant drive towards 'sameness' and conformity.
While often described as a 'YA' novel, I found 'The Giver', by Lois Lowry, a book for all ages and generations. The narrative is disturbing and saddening, a glimpse into a future altered to achieve a type of perfection. This perfection, designed to remove all traces of the ugliness of humanity, has also eradicated beauty, emotion and most crucially, love.
I first read Lowry's award winning book just over a year ago, coming to it ignorant of its role in creating the 'dystopian' genre of fiction (I am thinking 'Divergent' and 'The Hunger Games here people!).
Without the baggage of knowledge or expectation I was able to be surprised and moved by Lowry's bleak vision.
I suppose I should not be surprised that 'The Giver' has been made into a movie, given the popularity of its YA cousins. I hope however that the director manages to capture the subtle movement of the main character, Jonas, from ignorance to anger and the sadness in the slow reveal of the true nature of the community.
The lesson, without love, humanity is doomed to perpetuate evil in the name of efficiency, survival and perfection.
If at first this book does not grab you, for heavens sake, persist!
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'The Giver', By Lois Lowry
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