Tuesday, December 10, 2013
The Giver by Lois Lowry
What would you give to live in a perfect world? “A life where nothing was ever unexpected. Or inconvenient. Or unusual. The life without color, pain, or past.” What if all your needs were taken care of and you were guaranteed shelter, employment, food, clothing, etc.? What if that world protected you from ever making a wrong choice? What if those choices were things like choosing your own spouse, your own job, how many children to have, if you were allowed to have children at all? What if those choices made words like “love” obsolete? You see, “love” is such a generic term that it shouldn’t be used in conversation. Do you really “love” your child? Wouldn’t you rather pinpoint characteristics you find admirable rather than using such a broad term? Wouldn’t that be safer?
One of the most profound books I’ve read this year. When I started The Giver I felt, almost immediately, that it should be required reading. I wasn’t surprised to hear that a different Lowry book (Number the Stars) had been assigned to my son’s middle-school class. At just the right length, and a pace that keeps everything flowing, The Giver is filled with “A-Ha Moments” and the all-important moral that “it’s the choosing that’s important, isn’t it?”