12 November 2012

Book Review No. 66

I can't even believe it's been 3 months since I last blogged...you know that means it's been 3 months since I last finished a book!  As a librarian, that is just shameful.  In my defense I've picked up several books between then and now and attempted to read them but they just didn't hold my interest enough to finish them or I was too busy to do so.  Incidentally, it's also been 3 months since I started my second job at DSW...coincidence?  I think not.  I've just been so busy working that when I do get a day off I want to spend it with my husband or I have other things to do that have been neglected.

At any rate, I was determined to get back into my reading habit as it's something I miss.  And I picked a great book to immerse myself in!


















The Giver by Lois Lowry

Summary:  "It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened."  Thus opens this haunting novel in which a boy inhabits a seemingly ideal world; a world without conflict, poverty, unemployment, divorce, injustice, or inequality.  It is a time in which family values are paramount, teenage rebellion is unheard of, and even good manners are a way of life.  December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve year old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation.  But Jonas has been chosen for something special.  When his selection leads him to an unnamed man--the man called only the Giver--he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.  (taken from book jacket)

First Paragraph:  "It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened.  No.  Wrong word, Jonas thought.  Frightened meant that deep, sickening feeling of something terrible about to happen.  Frightened was the way he had felt a year ago when an unidentified aircraft had overflown the community twice.  He had seen it both times.  Squinting toward the sky, he had seen the sleek jet, almost a blue at its high speed, go past, and a second later heard the blast of sound that followed.  Then one more time, a moment later, from the opposite direction, the same plane."

My Critique:  OK so yes...I'm late to The Giver game.  Originally published in 1993 it seems as though all my peers have read (or at least heard of this series) but I had not.  We discussed the possibility of reading this for my book club but selected something else and so I just as quickly forgot about this book...until recently when a copy came across my desk at work.  Intrigued I picked it up to glance through it and it caught my attention.  Always a fan of dystopian fiction (let it be known that The Giver was dystopian before dystopian was cool) I knew I wanted to read it.  Written for children and young adults it's a shorter book at only 180 pages so I was excited that it would be a quick read.  Also for all your children's literature people who might care, it's a Newberry Medal winner.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the next book in the series.  I highly recommend it.  There is talk that Jeff Bridges may be in the process of making this into a movie so get your copy now and read it before it gets popular so that way you can say, "Oh yeah...I read that a couple years ago."  LOL  I'm not really going to talk much about the contents of the book or the plot because I don't want to give anything away (sometimes I don't care if I do but I want you guys to read this book so I'll keep the details to myself).

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DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in the afore mentioned book, The Giver, are the sole views and opinions of the author and have nothing to do with me or my own views/opinions/beliefs...so get off my back. I am in no way affiliated with with afore mentioned author...except that one time in Vegas------------uh, nevermind...

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