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I got this one from badbadpixie

I'm not entirely, or even vaguely, sure what the words at the end mean but I've read this book and it is excellent.

You're The Giver!

by Lois Lowry

While you grew up with a sheltered childhood, you're pretty sure everyone around you is even more sheltered. Suddenly, from out of nowhere, you were tapped on the shoulder and transported to the real world. This made you horrified by your prior upbringing and now you're tormented by how to reconcile these two lives. Ultimately, the struggle comes down to that old free will issue. Choose wisely.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

I think it means I know I now have it, and have always had it, better then most
and I'm not comfortable (tormented?? not so much...sadly)
with that understanding.


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Aug. 27th, 2007 10:06 am (UTC)
Gaeln, I haven't yet read The Giver, but I don't see why you're so alarmed by the last words of this text. Obviously, you've been lucky, because you've taken wise choices from the beginning. This way you've managed to escape to be in torment.

The torment or suffering is not that key that will open the door wide to you, towards the superior wisdom or towards the perfect "I".

Hm, it's still early here and not at all a proper time for philosophizing. I'm afraid I lost the tread of my idea.

Rather tell more about The Giver, Gaeln.
Aug. 27th, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC)
I wasn't so much alarmed as clueless when I first read the words but I think I now have a fair idea of their meaning so I'm good. Thanks for the philosophizing, I appreciate your thoughts.

As for 'The Giver', it's a Young Readers book meaning for kids eight to twelve and the 1994 Newbery Winner, a prize that's been given out to one kids book each year since 1922, awarded for excellence.

It's like the kids version of '1984' or 'Brave New World' or 'fahrenheit 451' or any of the better of that genre of science fiction where society has become standardized, whether for the good or the bad (mostly bad) with the story following one individual's realization that they just don't belong, that they don't fit in even if, especially initially, they want to. In this case it's a 13 year old boy. Everything seems perfectly normal, including him, but nothing really is.

When I started working at the bookstore, I would ask some of the 18 to 25 years old who worked there what their favorite books were, thinking about what I would buy for my daughter. Almost every one recommended this one. She loved it.

Enough info? probably more then enough.
Aug. 27th, 2007 04:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Gaeln! It sounds very interesting. I'll check my library. I've been into kids' literature lately, and I'm not kidding.

Aug. 27th, 2007 05:30 pm (UTC)
I read a lot of kid's book, they're very well written and usually a fairly quick read. If and when you do read it, let me know what you think.

Do you have a favorite?
Aug. 28th, 2007 04:45 am (UTC)
I read the book a couple of years ago when I stayed over a friends house and ransacked the bookshelves for something to read. What a great story.
Aug. 29th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
I get so jealous of my daughter, what great books she has to read that I didn't have.
Sep. 1st, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
I love your icon! Do you mean that you didn't have books to read as a child or that you think today's children's books are better? I have so many fond memories of so many I read as a young girl. : )
Sep. 3rd, 2007 02:43 am (UTC)
I mean that I think that children's books, as a category, are much better now then when I was a kid. I had the classics, which I don't consider kid's books as such, and Nancy Drew. I wasn't, and am still not, to any great extent, a classics reader. I just read 'Anne of Green Gables' for instance. I jumped straight to adult books, mostly science fiction, pretty early on in order to find what I wanted. Lauren hasn't had to do that. At 13, she's still in the teen books section and is enough challenged by them that she has no need yet to move on to adult and I'm good with that.

I work in the kid's section of a Barnes&Noble and I read a lot of the children's books now being written and they are very good, better, I think, then what I had to read, as kid's book, at her age.

I find that most of the women, around my age group, who tell me they have very fond memories of the books they read as children, read a lost of the classics. What are the books that bring you such fond memories?

And you icon is pretty sweet as well.

Sep. 11th, 2007 03:41 am (UTC)
You have a dream job!

I find that most of the women, around my age group, who tell me they have very fond memories of the books they read as children, read a lost of the classics.

You're probably right. :) Let's see:

Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler
The Mushroom Planet and its sequels
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Little Witch
Harriet the Spy
Trixie Belden books
Pippi books
The Moffats
The Saturdays
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Fog Magic
Half Time ( a whole series of time traveling books)
The Secret Garden
The Borrowers

and when I turned 12/13, I started reading Greek Mythology and Science Fiction - Ray Bradbury, especially.
Sep. 18th, 2007 01:12 am (UTC)
I actually know most, but not all, of the books on your list, yet I've only read two -- Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler -- and -- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn but Bradbury...yeah, now you're talking, Silverberg, Ellison, Asimov...my classics.
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